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17 Reasons To Own a Gun and Holster in 2017May 10, 2017 by David King
Today, the controversy of gun ownership is a heated issue in the United States. While some believe there should be strict gun control laws, Americans are eagerly working to arm themselves for the sake of protection. As fear rises across the nation, properly trained individuals who legally have the right to carry a firearm have formed clubs to help others learn how to protect themselves with firearms. If you are on the fence about whether you should own a gun and a holster, here are 17 reasons why you should.
1) Armed citizens have thwarted mass shootings before.
While you may not have heard, armed citizens with concealed handgun permits have already stopped mass shootings in the past. During the month of March in 2012, a mass shooting at a church in South Carolina was prevent by a community member thanks to their concealed carry permit. In April 2015, a gunman's rampage in Chicago was put to an end by an Uber driver with a concealed handgun permit. One can only speculate what would have happened if these individuals weren't equipped with their firearms to stop these threats from occurring.
2) There have been fewer crimes in areas with armed citizens.
Across the country, homicide rates have been recorded at an all-time low. This can be attributed in part to the increase of armed citizens. As more people buy guns to protect themselves and their families, crimes continue to plummet. Obviously, it's much easier to terrorize a vulnerable community than an armed one.
3) In some areas, law enforcement has encouraged citizens to arm themselves.
As stated by Detroit police Chief James Craig, "if you're a terrorist or a carjacker, you want unarmed citizens." Therefore, many law enforcement officials encourage citizens to take advantage of their second amendment rights responsibly. An educated, armed citizen with proper training and knowledge can help discourage crime in their local neighborhood.
4) Protection for your family.
The world is a dangerous place and while life is unpredictable, you want to be prepared. Being able to protect yourself and your family with a legal permit and gun license empowers the average American citizen. Being able to strike back if the situation demands this response could be the difference between life and death for you and your loved ones.
5) Statistics are on your side.
The U.S. Department of Justice has reported that guns have been used in the act of defense over 1,500,000 times a year. The very presence of a firearm has and will continue to deter further acts of aggression by instigators.
6) It's your right as an American citizen.
The second amendment guarantees that every citizen of the United States has the right to bear arms. The Supreme Court has always upheld this ideal. Simply put, if you don't own a gun of your own, you're not fully exercising your rights as a United States citizen.
7) Protection for your peers.
Bad guys aren't just after your family. If an indiscriminate mass shooting takes place, everyone is a target. Carrying a firearm allows you to protect everyone around you, including strangers. Brave individuals sometimes feel a need to protect as many people as they can. Legally and responsibly carrying a firearm allows them to do so.
8) Self Defense: Everyone isn't capable of everything.
Some people may not have the ability to protect themselves due to birth defects, injury, or sickness. With the odds stacked against them, a gun allows those living with a handicap to even the playing field. Predators like to prey upon the weak. Arming yourself allows you to show that you're not as vulnerable as may you appear.
9) Better Situational Awareness.
As a gun carrier, you'll learn to be more aware of your surroundings. Some people believe that being armed allows them to be more observant. They tend to pay attention to things they would have otherwise ignored. Even if you're not carrying a firearm, you should always be aware of your surroundings and the people who occupy them.
10) Boosts your confidence.
Defenselessness is a horrible feeling. Most likely, there have been many people in life threatening situations that wished they owned a gun and carried it with them at the time of the act. Carrying a gun provides you with the ease of mind that you're able to defend yourself if necessary.
11) Quick Access.
A holster provides quick access to your firearm. After your gun is secured correctly, the holster keeps it in a stationary, easily accessible position. You won't have to worry about your weapon sliding off your waist if you bend over to pick something up. Wearing a holster will assure you that you know where your gun is at all times.
12) Trigger Protection.
If you're forced into a situation where you're forced to use your gun, it's likely your nerves will be on edge. Did you know that everyday items like chairs, keys, and belts have the potential to poke through your clothing and set off your firearm if the trigger is exposed? Using a holster allows you to protect the trigger, avoiding accidental discharge while drawing your firearm.
Gunmetal rubbing against your skin can be uncomfortable, but holsters place a barrier between the gun and your body. Some holsters are specifically designed to spread the weight of a gun across a wider area to provide more comfortability for the user.
Holsters hide the shape of guns. Therefore, instead of someone assuming you are carrying a firearm at your hip, it may appear that you have a cell phone in a case strapped to your waist.
15) Protection from the elements.
Holsters are excellent at protecting your gun from wear and tear. The material of the holster aids in keeping the gun safe from elements like water, heat and cold. Whether you're storing your firearm, carrying it during your daily activities or simply transporting it from one point to another, holsters help you to maintain the durability of your firearm.
16) Ease of Draw.
When drawing your gun, holsters reduce the chance that you'll snag the hammer and trigger on your clothing. As you practice drawing your firearm, muscle memory will set in and it'll become natural over time.
You may have a preference when it comes to carrying your weapon, but there are many holsters that can accommodate your needs. This can range from shoulder and ankle holsters to belt holsters as well. Holsters provide the flexibility that you need when carrying your firearm.
The world can be an unforgiving and cruel place, but fate favors the prepared. For example, you don't buy a fire extinguisher because you know your home is going to blow up in flames. You purchase it as a form of preparation in case a fire starts so that you may quickly prevent the flames from spreading and burning your house down. This holds true for gun owners. Think of it as a sense of security. You're not expecting the worst to happen, but if it does, you are ready. If you decide to own and carry a firearm, please research your local gun laws and acquire the proper paperwork and training.
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