Silent Protector

silent defender

It occurs to me that being a concealed carry permit holder is a quiet, lonely, unglorified role. Or at least it should be.

Concealed Carry : A Thankless Job

The whole idea behind concealed carry is that it’s……..concealed. No one else (or not many) should even be aware that you are carrying. They don’t need to know.

Maybe you’ve decided that you want to be part of the first line of people who are equipped to respond in an emergency. Maybe you feel like you need to protect yourself and others. Perhaps you just need to feel like you’re taking back control. Either way, it’s a huge responsibility. But it’s also quiet and thankless.

Not many around you know the responsibility you’ve decided to take on. You are preparing for the absolute worst, for that one in a million chance that you are right. The other 999,999 times you are going to be wrong. Chances are, no one is going to notice you, thank you, or praise you.

There may be other fellow carriers around you that aren’t aware of (and they are not aware of you). Perhaps you’d be surprised by the little lady on the other side of the room with the revolver in her purse.

The Haters

On the other hand, there are many around you that might curse you if they actually knew you had a gun. Their curse may be based on their fear or even hatred.

This fear some have for the responsible group of people that chooses to silently protect is based less on understanding and more on ignorance. Ignorance fostered by a media and political machine that says guns are to be feared. This message of fear and ignorance exists because of an agenda, not because of a real belief.

The average person ruled by this fear would rather hope they are safe than make sure they are. They want others (including their government) to protect them instead of doing it themselves.

For this reason it may be unfortunately wise to keep your firearm concealed. Better to keep your legal, responsible decision quiet than to deal with the loud, angry, overprotective, and naïve.

One in a Million

But if that one in a million chance actually happens, you’re going to be the one in the room who is ready. You are the one who is prepared to die first in order to have a chance to save others. Perhaps the curse of that individual in the anti-gun crowd might actually become a blessing.

But more than likely, no one around you will ever know. And that’s the way it should be.

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