With “Permitless” Carry taking effect in my home state of Texas September 1st I had some thoughts:
One of the things I learned very early on when I started carrying a gun for self-defense was that I needed to adpot a mentality of Avoidance, Deterrence and De-Escalation if I wanted to stay vertical and out of prison.
Avoid Dangerous places and Stupid People
Deter Criminal Behavior with Acute and Constant Situational Awareness
De-Escalate heated situations with an apology and submissive behavior (Tuck your Ego and Temper In. Be the bigger man and Squash a Verbal altercations with an apology and move on.)
Most all of you know I am NOT a fan of Open Carry.
If you are going to carry a gun for self-defense, go concealed or don’t go at all.
The reasoning is simple: SURPRISE is one of the biggest advanatges the armed citizen has against a criminal, especially now in Texas when the odds are very high that every person that a criminal comes into contact with MAY BE armed!
Once the criminal knows a gun is involved it changes things dramatically.
It can work FOR the armed citizen (the deterrence factor) or it can work AGAINST them.
Just remember: EVERY altercation you are going to be involved in there will be a GUN present, YOURS!
For this reason I am a Firm believer in the armed citizen getting solid Weapon Retention Training.
Going along with the Concealment MO, you might re-consider your blade carry as well.
A pocket Clip folder is handy but it is also noticeable.
Instead, go for a horizontal fixed blade belt carry.
Lot of great options out there like the Cinch Pick.
Something to chew on.
Stay Alert, Armed and Dangerous.
This Black Maniac POS set his house on fire, then drove off and shot 2 EMT’s, one of them fatally then drove back to his house and shot 2 fireman and a civilian trying to put out the flames. (Actions starts around 1:28)
Killed with some damn fine pistol work by the Cop (2 head shots from what looks like 40+ yards? Excellent Shooting. Could you do that when it counted? If not get to TRAINING NOW!)
This is the kind of shit the news does not tell you about because it screws up their “White Supremacist are the Real problem” Fake Narrative.
Don’t buy the BS Folks.
It’s a War Zone out there.
Either the 2A applies to EVERYBODY or it applies to NOBODY.
I think the below MEME says it all when it comes to this backwards society we currently live (H/T to the Madd Medic)
Call me old fashioned but I have always liked having a double-barrel 12 gauge handy around the house. They are easy to use and load in a pinch (for all household members) plus there are very few problems that two rounds of OO Buck or #4 Buck cannot handle I assure you.
I remember my grand dad had a double barrel ten gauge he kept by his recliner. That thing would blow a hole the size of a five gallon bucket lid through a wall (or man.)