Why I got my CCW Permit and Why You Should Too

This is a guest post by Mr. Mac”  and entry in our non-fiction writing contest.

In the fall of 2001, I completed the process of securing a permit to carry a Concealed Weapon, called a CCW. I had debated for over a year as to whether to do the work necessary to apply for it. For a number of years I had been an occasional shooter, but it wasn’t until the hoopla of Y2K that I began to get more serious about shooting, took some classes, and become relatively proficient. I soon found that I loved to shoot. And since an indoor range was within easy driving distance, I often found myself visiting it, along with several other outdoor ranges.

That, plus the advent of a new pro-CCW County Sheriff, caused me to think that I might have a chance at getting the CCW permit. It was, however, with both some trepidation, and frankly, a lot of excitement that I finally decided to take the coursework necessary, complete the required paperwork, do the interview, got fingerprinted for the DOJ, all necessary activity to be considered for the permit. It was only after I had been approved that I started thinking about why this seemed so important to me; what was it that stirred me so?

Over the last few months I have given it quite a bit of thought. Am I really that concerned about crime…we live in a pretty low-incident area. Was I on some ego trip? Was I trying to prove my masculinity? All of these may have had some minor influence, but, as I probed, I found that there were other, more significant motivations that sprung more from who I am as a man, and reflected certain core values that comprise my person. I’d like to put those down on paper.

1) I am both disturbed and frustrated by much of what I see in this country’s politics these days, and am often left wondering how to properly respond. It occurs to me that, as just one man, I have very little impact on this nation, just one voice out of millions. Yet, this country means a great deal to me. I lost my father to the Korean Conflict, all my uncles served in WWII, and I have studied and understand what unique and precious rights are afforded the citizens of this country I am privileged to live in.

Additionally, I hold as a strong value the opinion that every man and woman has the God-given right to be responsible for his or her own personal safety, that no one is obligated to be a victim, and that this right is not a privilege bestowed on me by some governmental entity. I also believe that, if a person of good character is willing to do the work necessary and takes the responsibility, then that person has the basic right to carry a defensive weapon. However, it seems that there are those in this country who disagree with me, who fear that I, and others like me, are a danger to society; that this freedom which is so basic to natural law and so thoroughly entrenched in the Constitution, must be taken from us.

These usurpers are even now furiously working to legislate that right out of existence. Mistakenly believing that this issue is “guns”, they feel quite comfortable trampling on my freedom. And so, it is to the anti-gun fascist, those who would deny me my rights as a free man and an American citizen that I am responding. It is in the spirit of those American’s before me who cried out “give me liberty, or give me death,” “damn the torpedoes,” and “let’s roll” that I acted. As a political statement, as an act of patriotism, as my way of hoisting the flag, and my finger, in enraged defiance of those despots who say I can’t, I got my permit to carry a gun; it was my patriotic duty.

2) Concurrent with this is the fact that much of what I hear today about gun control from the anti-gun crowd in just plain infuriating. It’s not just that it is bad science, emotional, illogical, and just plain ignorant; it’s the assumption that they make and propagate about me as a gun-owning person that I take personal offense. It’s my character they are impugning. I take exception to the notion that Society somehow needs to be protected from me because I might carry a gun.

Actually, I am a responsible, mature man, an adult, and I resent like hell being treated as if I am somehow untrustworthy and suspect. It judges me, and millions like me, as weak and without moral and intellectual vigor. It tells me that my affinity for guns and my desire to carry one is a suspicious problem that requires legislation, registration, and control. And it is demeaning.

So, to the elitist crowd who would look down their noses at my personhood, who fear my masculinity, who believe that I am somehow part of the problem, and that my character is defective, I say this to you: I will not let you treat me like a child, I will not let you “nanny” me, suspect me, or disrespect me with your paranoid attitudes and your laws. Acquiring my CCW is my firm response to being patted on the head and told to get in line and behave myself. I will not go quietly into the night.

3) The third reason I got my CCW is one that I understood less when I applied for it than I do now; carrying a handgun alters my sense of awareness by creating a heightened sense of vigilance. Caring a gun has caused me to develop a “6th sense” to my surroundings. I remember reading somewhere that carrying a weapon is like taking a child to the mall…it really expands your awareness of your environment and makes you cautious. Using Jeff Cooper’s color alert system (white/yellow/orange/red) had become a natural consequence when I carry; I am always in code yellow; I am more observant, I look for someone displaying the signs of a predator, I am a better driver, I am more courteous, and I do not daydream my way through the day.

From the extensive reading I have done, it seems that many, if not most victims became a statistic because they allowed the predator his advantage due to their lack of observation. I believe that the best way for me to never have to use my gun, and to never become a victim, is to not allow myself to get into situations that leave me no option other than the final one.

Someone once said that an ounce of prevention was worth a pound of cure…Carrying a “pound of cure” inside my waistband compels me to a live with an acute awareness of my surroundings so that I am not caught “flat-footed”, and have to resort to a more violent solution. Having my CCW and carrying a gun prohibits me from lapsing into the luxury of inattention.

4) Basic to my understanding of human nature is the belief that there is in this world a distinction between right and wrong, good and evil, and that men have the personal option to choose between these two. Therefore, society is comprised of both Mother Theresa’s and Adolph Hitler’s, and all levels in between. It doesn’t take much social awareness to know that there are sufficient numbers of those who chose evil as a way of life, and who, by nature, prey on the weak & vulnerable. They are Predators, who will viciously hurt, rape, and kill to accomplish their self-centered aims.

They have no sense of conscious, no remorse, no pity or mercy, and indeed should be labeled “evil.” They may use alcohol or drugs to give them courage, or numb their conscience; they may not have a conscience. These opportunistic stalkers don’t wear signs that advertise who they are or what is their intent. They can be in your neighborhood, at the mall, in the car driving behind you. The only thing they respect is strength, and usually only move when they think they have the unfair advantage. So, my options are only two. I can go through life hoping I am one of the fortunate Majority who will never have to confront evil, but live in fear or denial that I might. Or, I can be one of the few who do not trust to luck, and am prepared to be “unlucky”.

I personally have chosen to hope for the best, but to be prepared for the worst. I am not paranoid, nor am I a Pollyanna; I do take to heart the Boy Scout motto: “Be Prepared.” For me, that means having the resource and training sufficient to come out on top. Part of that training is learning how to avoid those situations in the first place. But if I am ever so unlucky as to have to defend myself or my family, I am prepared to do so. And so, because there is evil, and because I don’t believe in lucky charms, I acquired my CCW.

5) How can I read about the “Good Samaritan” or follow the teachings of Jesus, and not be aware that I have a responsibility to look out for others, to be my brother’s keeper. The murder of Kitty Genovese in 1964 is a perfect example of what how far removed we as a society are from concepts like nobility and chivalry. Kitty was a 28-year-old woman returning home from work at 3:00AM when she was brutally attacked and eventually murdered with a knife over a 35 minute period, all of which was witnessed by no less than 38 people, none of whom called the police or in any way acted to help Kitty.

The man who later confessed to the murder also confessed to murdering two other women, all attributed to his uncontrollable rage. He told police that he chose women because they were easier and don’t fight back. The courts declared him “insane.” The “bystander effect”, which is given responsibility for the inaction of these 38 witnesses, can affect all of us. However, my Christian upbringing has taught me that I am not to be blind to the plight of others, and that this world would be a better place if we all looked out for each other.

Having a CCW allows me to fulfill the moral imperative that I be mentally and physically prepared to defend those who are at risk. I believe in the calling of the “Warrior’s Creed” which says, “Wherever I go, everyone is a little safer; wherever I am, anyone in need has a friend.” Having a CCW and the accompanying training causes me to be alert and prepared, to chose to be a “line of defense” should it become necessary, to have consciously determined that, on my shift, the crazies, the social terrorist, and the Evil do not get their way. Jesus didn’t rebuke Peter for caring a sword, just for not understanding when it was appropriate to be used. In today’s world, Peter might have had a CCW. Therefore, Christian charity compels me to acquire my CCW permit. It’s the moral thing to do.

6) Closely following the last reason is one more personal, and reflects more my perspective on life. Being armed reminds me every day that we are in a battle; that we are at war. By that I mean, there really is a struggle going on between right and wrong, good and evil, truth & falsehood. My lifestyle is such that it is far too easy for me to pull the shades down and sequester myself in my own little cocoon, leaving the rest of the world to go to hell in a handcart. Given these natural tendencies, I must do something to pull myself out of my comfort zone and become actively engaged.

When I wear a gun, I am consciously deciding to do something, to make a difference, to proactively engage my world. I wear a gun, therefore I vote, I go to church, I honor my marriage and my family, I give money to worthy causes, I am a good neighbor, I deal honestly in my business; I even write my congressman and voice my opinion or displeasure.

When I wear my gun, it reinforces a lifestyle, a philosophy that acknowledges the axiom that says, “All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.” Good men arm themselves with a mindset that acknowledges that all is not right, that there is a battle to fight, and that I can, indeed I will, make a difference. Because I choose to be proactive, because I choose to be among “the good,” I got my CCW.

7) There is an old saying; “God created all men, but Sam Colt made them equal.” There will always be someone younger, stronger, better armed, and more attuned to violence than am I, who are looking for victims of a lesser challenge. My chances of survival are not good against such hard-core criminal-types if I have to depend on my personal strength, quickness, and fighting technique. The gun that I carry, and the subsequent training I employ, helps to insure that I don’t come up short on the “balance of power” equation.

I am of little good to my family should we become the target of a predator if I am unable to defend them or myself. And my family looks to me to be that barrier between them and violent men. So, I choose to alter the odds, I choose to wear a gun. In fact, my “trump card” may very well prove to be all that is necessary to convince the criminal element that he has made a poor choice, and to go ply his trade elsewhere. With access to a gun, I have a much better chance to stop an attack before it begins, and I am much more likely to survive the attack should I not be able to avoid it. So, in the interest of stacking the deck, I got my CCW.

So, I got my CCW and carry a gun because: 1) It’s my Patriotic duty, 2) It was the un politically correct thing to do; 3) to keep me alert and attentive; 4) I don’t trust to luck; 5) As an act of Christian charity; 6) As a reflection of my proactive lifestyle; 7) To stack the deck in my favor.

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M.D. Creekmore is the owner and editor of TheSurvivalistBlog.net. He is the author of four prepper related books and is regarded as one of the nations top survival and emergency preparedness experts. Read more about him here.


  1. worrisome says:

    Nicely written article. Did you send a copy of this to the NRA and to your state and government representatives? It is really a great explanation. Thank you for taking responsible actions!

  2. If I was in the states I’d get my CCW for sure. In Canada you can only get what’s called an ATC (authorization to carry) with some very specific needs.

    Basically you can only get one if you worked for an amoured gaurd company.

    Basically this means the government is showing how they feel money should be protected with lethal force but humans should not.

    That in mind, I purchased this shorty shotgun:https://www.canadaammo.com/product/detail/dominion-arms-backpacker-single-barrel-shotgun-12-gauge/

    It’s short and fits on my backpack. It’s something I can take out to the woods with me for coyote and bears if they get a little too close. Better than nothing but not nearly as good as a pistol and a CCW.

  3. I’ve got nothing against CCW except that it is a form of license and therefore infringement on the 2nd amendment. Training and knowledge of firearms is great. Government control of records of those who have permits … Not so much. We can reference to what happened in Missouri with CCW permits and the federal government getting the personal information illegally. By trading right for license we may still lose.

  4. Mystery Guest says:

    Love the article.
    But I do not have the energy nor the where-with-all to do such a thing. Nor the projectile unit to use.
    I have constantly been aware of my surroundings. I have told my kids to be careful and watch their backs. Constantly and to their great irritation.
    Being our brothers keeper may be easier now than later even with all the rules and regulations that we are threatened with.
    Your last paragraph is indeed good reasoning and all inclusive. For the present.
    But I feel in a true fall of the country, and a true TEOTWAWKI you won’t need papers.

  5. JP in MT says:

    In Montana a CCW is less of an issue than when I travel. It is only required if you are carrying concealed in the city limits (a very small portion of our state). I look for states that recognize our license. Here I use it primarily to quicken to precess of purchasing a firearm from a dealer.

    There are initiatives to stop the requirement to actually get a license to carry concealed, as long as you would qualify to get one (ie. if you can’t buy a firearm, it is illegal to carry on concealed – only makes sense). Listening to the past Governor’s reason for his veto was an interesting exercise in someone who has not read the bill he signed/vetoed. He wrote a letter of explanation for his veto, and all of his concerns were addressed in the bill. All the problems he said it would cause, we specifically addressed in the bill to prevent them.

  6. Babycatcher says:

    This is the most concisely written article I’ve seen to date about the whys and wherefores of CCW. I’m in the process of doing this myself. I hope I’m not too late. Thanks for a great article!

  7. john p foley says:

    md I got my ccw from Utah because I live in the wonderfull state of illinios god it sucks ive live here for most of my adult life and worked here but now I go around carrying all the time I don’t care if its illegal im going to come out of Chicago alive and I have to go into some of the worst neighbor hoods in the city im not taking any chances id rather go to jail and be tried by a jury of 12 than be carried by 6 I come from a police family and have always obeyed the law but these morons in politics think they are the only ones who should be allowed to carry

    • Ah Crap says:

      I would suggest you move.

    • John, I’m sorry, but committing a felony every time you leave your home is not protecting yourself: It is putting yourself at extreme risk of being imprisoned and carrying a felony record around for the rest of your life. This is what the anthropologists call maladaptive behavior.

      If “John P. Foley” is your real name, you have also totally blown your own security: If there are any hard-nosed Illinois cops reading this blog, they now have your name, and just might add it to a data base, since you have now publicly admitted to regularly committing felonies. If you do have a ccw from Utah, they can track you down with a few keystrokes.

      Of course, if you are a troll trying to make preppers look like a bunch of felons, nice try.

  8. rhumstruck says:

    I have to disagree with the authors premise that,
    “As a political statement, as an act of patriotism, as my way of hoisting the flag, and my finger, in enraged defiance of those despots who say I can’t, I got my permit to carry a gun; it was my patriotic duty.
    If you really knew the Constitution, you would have said NO!
    NO to asking permission.
    NO to paying another unjust tax.
    NO to any and ALL infringements.

    The 2nd Amendment is my CCW permit. In the immortal words of Coronel Ludlow, “SCREW THE GOVERNMENT!”

    • BK in KC says:

      Good luck with that argument when they haul you off to jail to face federal felony charges.

      • If the courts and police rule against the Constitution, it is they who are wrong even if we must face the consequences. You are correct that it can happen, but rhumstruck is correct in his assertion as well. A license is an infringement on a guaranteed Constitutional right. The courts operate under the federal government and are not an arbiter of rights generally, but of law and legalities and precedence. Rights come from our Creator, not from a government.

        • BK in KC says:

          I agree. If you’re willing to serve hard time in prison to make your point more power to you.

          • oldguy52 says:

            Indeed. While I agree whole heartedly with the constitutional argument, the reality is if you get caught carrying concealed without a permit in all but a few states the court will put you away for a good long time.

            We need to deal with what is, not what it should be.

            The law may be wrong, but it is still the law.

      • Chris Mallory says:

        What Federal felony charges?
        Carrying a firearm is a state matter, not Federal. If I buy a firearm from a private individual I don’t have to have the Feds involved in any matter, shape or form.

      • I agree, BK. Whether the Constitution is all the license the Founders thought we needed is irrelevant to the practical reality today. Governments have the power to put us in prison, and they will be delighted to use that power.

        Until we get a US Supreme Court which believes that “shall not be infringed” does not mean “of course you can make it a felony”, our best option is to obey the law and work get the traitors out of government.

        Neither prison nor the morgue enhance survival chances. If it is that important, move to a state which doesn’t require a carry license. They are all nice places to live.

        Some firearms felonies are federal: All the Class 3 felonies (full auto, short barreled shotguns and rifles, etc) are federal. I think the Founders would all agree they are unconstitutional, but what the Founders would think, and what I think, will not keep violators out of federal prison. That’s just the real world.

        • Vandikar says:

          Sad that we know what the constitution both says, and means, we know that rhumstruck, and others, are correct.

          Our government simply no longer represents us.

  9. Really well-written article, thanks!

    My reasons for getting my CCW parallel most of yours, plus one more: I am not aging gracefully. I’m dependent upon a cane, and I wouldn’t be too surprised to end up in a wheelchair some day not far away. Therefore, I am a more likely victim — I’m going to be weaker than most potential victims, in the eyes of most perps. So my hardware helps to even out the score.

    I was glad you mentioned training/preparation in your article. Many states do not require any real training before issuing CCWs to citizens. I don’t really want the states to require training (or any other nanny-state policies), but I really do want people who are carrying iron to know their guns and know their personal abilities. I’m out there sharing the road and the Walmart aisles with these other CCW carriers and I’d rather not have to worry about them, too. Iowa, for example, has almost no requirements: fill out a form, get fingerprinted and photographed, pay $20, and get permit. Whether you know anything about firing your gun is purely left up to you….

  10. JeffintheWest says:

    On your point number two (which resonated with me as well), I’ve given some thought to it. There are two main reasons why they think that way, I believe. First, they’ve never bothered to find out what any of us are like. They live in NYC or SF or Chicago in their little secure suburbs with the multiple Starbucks, and have no idea how the rest of us live or think. We are alien to them, and therefore untrustworthy. Add to that a bit of jealousy in that we can shoot and live in the woods, and you see them try to belittle us as “Swamp People” and “Doomsday Preppers” which allows them to continue to feel superior to us benighted heathens. When you add in their elitist President and his “cling to their bibles and guns” rhetoric, it becomes even more patently obvious why they fear us.

    Second, they judge us by what they know and by themselves. They look around themselves at the cesspits they choose to live in and they judge everyone else by what they see. Plus, they have no sense of morals or ethics — they live in a morally ambiguous world, and in such a world, power is all that counts. A man or woman with a gun has more power and therefore is to be feared.

    That’s why they seek to disarm everyone else — they live in fear of everything, and would never dream of actually doing something to end that fear and empower themselves, therefore it is better to simply pull everyone else down to their level.

    • Rider of Rohan says:

      “A man or woman with a gun has more power and therefore is to be feared.”

      The man just hit the ball out of the ballpark! The tyrant and his/her supporters fear a free man/woman with a gun. More than anything else, which is why they always go after the guns first, whether it be in Nazi Germany or the old Soviet Union. Then comes the massacres. Why we have to learn this lesson over and over again is beyond my ability to reason. Why? I wish someone could answer that question.

      • Brings to mind the saying that an armed man is a citizen, a disarmed man a subject.

  11. Very well written. I have been debating this also. As I live in the people’s republic of Kalifornia, I am very concerned about ending up on “the list”. Add to that the very major hoops to jump thru, and the question of whether licensing is constituional, and I am at a stand still. Input from other pack members would be greatly appreciated.

    • Patric,

      You’re already on the “the list” sorry.

    • Correct me if I am wrong, the 2nd Amendment guarantees us the right to to carry a firearm as long as it is visible. You need a permit to carry concealed.

      • Ah Crap says:

        You’re wrong. If you look at the intent of the Founding Fathers, they didn’t want any restrictions on the ownership or possession of firearms. Now, I’m sure that with the current attitudes of many people, the Founding Fathers would have certainly restricted gun ownership to those who are able to demonstrate that they have a modicum of common sense and more than five working brain cells. Of course, this eliminates all progressives.

      • Don,

        California did away with exposed carry for citizens.

      • Don,
        Actually the second amendment states in part, “The right to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed”, so it would depend on your definition of “keep” and “bear”. IMO, it would mean any arms used by the military (the organized militia) that you can afford; however, in this day and age, unless you have deep pockets and want to be the test case, there are laws to follow, and the best you can do is find a state with the least burdensome.rules on firearms possession, use, and carry.

    • JeffintheWest says:

      Living in Cali, gun ownership seems to be a red flag to the state authorities. However, depending on what county you live it, you might still get a lot of slack cut. It seems in the northern counties, a lot of the county sheriffs, most of the county administrations, and many of the local towns and villages feel that gun ownership is not a sin. Basically, look for the strong Republican counties and you will do okay. If you don’t live in one of those, it’s harder, but still legal (though CCW may be a bridge too far since it’s up to the discretion of the county sheriff in most cases, and what I hear is that in Blue counties, you won’t get permission unless you’re LE, related to someone who is, or can demonstrate a convincing “need” (like someone has made repeated death threats against you) and even then you might not get it.

      Even OWNING a gun in Cali automatically puts you on the list, though. The State has already clearly demonstrated that if they told you “back-ground” information would not be retained, they lied. How else would they know to be going around and raiding people for their guns if they even gave driving directions to a “mental health care” professional? No, they (illegally) retain all of that data and have a defacto gun registration in place now. I’ve seriously considered using my contacts to get me some guns so I could smuggle them in and remain under the radar….

  12. Millie in KY says:

    Good article and well written. Thank you!

  13. Outstanding post! Well written and mentions many of the same reason I obtained my permit a few years ago, but you said it much better than I could have. Bravo!
    I will print your post and read it from time to time to remind myself of the responsibilities we all share in defending our freedom and protecting our families. Moonbats be damned!

    US Army Retired

  14. Frank Bennett says:

    Wow, that is one of the best most well written articles that I have seen in a long time. I for one do not want to have my name on a list for those to see when the SHTF. I like being in cognito. Also, I owe the wolf pack a huge apology. I unitelligently commented about AR-15’s and I was dead wrong. M.D. I wrote to you personally but thought that an apology was in order for the rest of the wolf pack that I may have offended. Please accept my apology and I promise to do my research before commenting in the future. JP in MT, I believe I may have offended you as well. Please accept my humble apology for going off half cocked about something i knew nothing about. Sorry to do this here but I did not know how else to address all that may have been offended. and M.D., I will accept your invitation to come and talk with you in person. I believe i can learn a ton from you. Frank

  15. Scott G says:

    When I was a LEO, I had no problem with a responsible person carrying a concealed weapon. I figured that if I needed to carry for protection, then so could anyone else. When I say things like this and get those aghast looks, I explain that no one, especially a LEO has anything to fear from an armed, responsible citizen.

    An armed society is a polite society.

  16. Excellent post. (Mr. Creekmore – he wins this month!). I carry concealed, like John P. Foley, in Illinois on out of state permits, and in a fanny pack (the only way we can carry in Illinois at this time). But I do it to exercise my 2nd amendment freedom (given by God, acknowledge by the constitution), and to be prepared. I have 3 fire extinguishers in my home. I’ve never used a fire extinguisher. But if I ever have to. I have one nearby. I have a jack, spare tire, and tools in the trunk of my car. I’ve only had one flat tire in over 40 years of driving. But I was glad I had the spare, jack and tools when it happened. May God grant me the grace, to never need a firearm for defense. May God grant me the focus, to use my firearm for defense when I need to.

  17. OwlCreekObserver says:

    Excellent article. I have already decided that when my last-in-the-nation state finally approves personal carry, which they will very soon after getting a slap-down from the Supreme Court, I will be in line to sign up for the required coursework.

    Carrying a weapon is a huge responsibility and not one to be taken lightly. Your words underscore that fact. Well done.

  18. Excellently written, but moreover, excellent sentiments! I am planning to get my CCW also but as I am on full disability, it may be awhile before I can come up with the $300 or so California requires. Fortunately, I live in Kern County, which awards CCW’s more frequently than any other California county.

    I am a female in her 60’s, trained to the level of 3rd degree black belt, and I carry pepper spray. To me, though, that isn’t enough – but I couldn’t put my finger on why, other than to say it’s improved personal security & safety as well as the improved security & safety of those around me. After reading your article, I now know why it has become so important to me… it isn’t JUST about improving security & safety. Thanks.

  19. LukeAlaska says:

    I salute you Christian warrior. You have inspired me!

  20. You have put far more thought into your rational for carrying a concealed Pistol. Mine was very simple. I refuse to be a victim. I am 69 and more prone to be attacked by someone because of my age. I always wanted to carry, but where I am at you had to have a reason, We were a may carry state if we had good reason, but we are now a shall carry. We no longer need too get police permission and pay a $10.00 fee to get a pistol. Once that law happened I jumped on it and got my permit. It took about 3 to 4 weeks only because I had to wait for a class to gather.
    I don’t live in a crime infested neighborhood, but after having gotten my permit I have had to draw the firearm three times. I am heading for two years with the permit and each time I draw I am scared to death and wonder if I can pee my pants when necessary.
    Drawing the firearm was all that was necessary to stop each event. I appreciate your process of why you are carrying, as for me it was clearly a simple matter not requiring great thought. I carry everywhere, even in my house, I have a pistol inches away from me. Every time I answer the door, after surveying the area I have my hand on the firearm but out of site.
    If I can I would encourage you to start re-loading. You will find it is cheaper after your initial investment.

    With deepest respect

  21. Mr. Mav,
    This was a well written tome, and it looks like you have thought the entire self defense thing through rather well. If you have not already read it, I would suggest that you read “On Sheep, Wolves and Sheepdogs” by Lt. Col. Dave Grossman. I read it myself again from time to time, just to remind myself why I carry, and my duty to do so, not only to myself, but to others.

    By stating, “That, plus the advent of a new pro-CCW County Sheriff,” It would seem that you are in a “may issue” state., so one of the next things you may want to do, is find the group that is your statewide firearms representative and get that changed to “shall issue”. Here in Ohio, the shall issue means that if you meet the requirements, you get the license, period, which is a good thing.

    I train persons for the Ohio Concealed Handgun License (CHL) and we often get students who have second thoughts on obtaining their license, after taking the class and actually knowing the real laws and potential consequences of the use of deadly force. I urge any and all folks who can get a license to do so, not only for your own self protection, but for the message it sends, to both the thugs and the politicians (but I repeat myself) on an armed citizenry. When a thug walks into a restaurant, or a carry out, or approaches a person on the street, I want doubt in their mind. I want them to wonder if someone here is carrying, and if this could be my last day on earth. In short, I don’t want a confrontation, but just want that thug to look for an easier target, and then I want all of us to stop being easy targets. From the political perspective, the more of us that carry firearms, and the fewer shootouts we have on the street over traffic accidents and those other things the politicians said would happen, the more they will be forced to understand that the law abiding among us will not turn the streets red with each others blood. The country did not turn into little versions of Dodge City, as they all claimed would happen. In fact, if they had actually known their history, they would have seen that the per capita murder rate in Dodge City was less than that of the civilized cities of the East, like Baltimore and Philadelphia.

    • JeffintheWest says:

      Plus, in the old west, most towns wouldn’t put up with that stuff much. Western movies make it sound like every day was another shoot out and the OK corral, but in point of fact that particular shoot-out was famous precisely because it was so rare!

      Most of the townspeople out west were Civil War veterans in the 1870s and ’80s and if anyone started getting to busy with shootings, they were quite as likely to take matters into their own hands to restore some peace and quiet. If you look into it, you’ll find several cases where townspeople stopped bank robberies cold because they were tired of it. Personally, if I’m armed and on a crime scene, and some cop is pinned down behind their cruiser by criminal types, I’m going to start shooting at the criminal types. I might ask the cop if s/he wanted some help first, but if he did, I’m there for him/her. I imagine most of us in the same position would do the same thing.

      • JeffintheWest,
        Your mention of western movies is interesting, as we too often find the cowering citizenry enlisting the help of the gun slinger against the bad guy gang, which makes for a decent movie, but is pure poppy cock.
        When a gang came to town to rob the bank, they tried to be as quiet as possible and sneak out of town unnoticed, lest they alert the townspeople and leave through a gauntlet of shotgun and rifle fire, which is downright dangerous and often lethal. Hollywood gets it wrong, once (actually more than once) again.

  22. Donna in MN says:

    I would have a hard time consealing my shotgun. If a state allows, I would rather let the light shine and let people know “Not to Mess with Me”. I would not want my light out and under a bushel unless that is the only way to carry which infringes on our right to bear arms . Good article though.

    • Donna in MN,
      Ohio allows both concealed and open carry, but most opt for concealed for several reasons. The first is that there is no reason to get the sheeple around you upset, as it simply leads to pain and trouble; but, perhaps the best reason for concealment is to keep the bad guys guessing. If a thug walks into a restaurant with 150 people with bad intent, he has to consider who might or might not be carrying. If he makes the calculation and decides to become an active shooter, those with openly carried firearms, and perhaps even things like NRA hats become the sign that says “shoot me first”. Although I sometimes wear the hat, I want to keep them guessing about the guns, always.

  23. Great post, I love the reasons you put forth, and I really got a kick when you said that you are carrying a “pound of cure”.

    It does seem that if you carry you are regarded as an enemy and people are put on alert. My uncle was talking with a game ranger in Montana and he was commenting how he can’t believe that we let citizens carry and/or posses firearms. My uncle told him, “Why we let you have them.” The ranger was taken aback and didn’t know what to say.

    It’s always ironic to me that the states that have the least requirements for “gun control” and CCW’s, you generally don’t need it, but the states where you may need it are much, much more strict.

    • axelsteve says:

      Shelby. Do you people sell the leeloader kits,the classic ones that Need to use a mallet?

  24. private idaho says:

    really well thought out article, with really good reasons why a ccw is a must. fortunately I live in a state where it is kind of easy and inexpensive to acquire a permit. we also have an open carry policy here too, I routinely got out to dinner or go shopping and carry in the open. with exception of a few odd looks from some people I think almost no one even notices and if they did it doesn’t phase them at all.

  25. moonstone says:

    I too was inspired by this article. Every newspaper editorial column in our country should print this. Maybe it would inspire more Americans to stand up for their God given rights. Onward Christian Soldiers,United We stand,Divided We Fall !!

  26. clear, concise, and to the point. I have my CCW and this sums up why I got it!!

  27. I carry by right not permit. That is the law here. We call it constitutional carry. The constitution is clear the government is forbidden to infringe and in Arizona is forbidden to impair the right to keep and bear arms. Voting for anyone who thinks differently has caused our schools to be vulnerable, attracting cowards that seek false glory from infamy. To me a “well regulated militia”is armed citizens that have access to free public ranges and tax deductions for practice ammo. We have tried “reasonable” restrictions and watched them fail in theaters, schools, offices and worst of all the streets of Chicago. I have been accused of wasting my vote for having no truck with the current two party system. They have failed US and instead of governing they seek to line their pockets with booty that would put us in jail, laws that conveniently do not apply to them. Better than 1,000,000 voters said no way to bad or worse last: election. Change will only come when votes change the powers that be to we the people. How many calls to professional politicians does take to change their votes? Threaten to not only vote against them but to support any that will restore our rights and security.

  28. One of the things that bothers me about concealed carry is that it seams inherently sneaky. What’s wrong with open carry? It’s honest and it gives criminals pause to think.

    A gun is just another tool in the hands of a law-abiding citizen and no more deadly than a skill saw, blow torch or chainsaw. Yes, a gun or knife or any kind of tool that cuts or pierces is dangerous in the hands of a career criminal or a mentally unstable (okay deranged, loser) male. I understand that concealed carry is useful for bodyguards in cities who want to be discreet and not frighten those folks who think guns are evil. But to me, concealed carry seams something that a spy or gambler or bank robber would prefer. What’s wrong with a mentally stable, law abiding citizen wearing a side arm (large caliber, no dinky stuff) in an unconcealed holster and carrying a rifle on a sling if he or she likes?

    Yes, I know there are parts of this country where the voters want all guns banned forever and local laws make it nearly impossible for someone not employed by state, city or county government in a law enforcement capacity to carry a firearm. Usually these anti-gun voters live in nice white bread suburbs and don’t have to worry so much about getting robbed or assaulted by violent criminals (but change their world view quickly after an encounter of the worst kind with a sociopath). And yes, some of these anti-gun folks live in impoverished neighborhoods where drug-dealing gangs roam unchallenged and intimidate the honest citizens who are too poor to live anywhere safer. One does wonder how long the drug gangs would last if all the honest citizens were armed (and didn’t buy recreational drugs from these thugs) — it might be really exciting at first, but after the smoke cleared there might be a lot fewer gang members.

    I’m worried that the more that people submit to getting registered for concealed carry, the more our basic right for open carry will erode. And I really don’t like the idea of our present government officials — at all levels of government — having that kind of information about citizens. Federal level elected and appointed officials have already shown a willingness to spy on citizens, lie about whether they are spying on citizens and many of them continue to work tirelessly to take away our Second Amendment rights.

    Why hand them, on a silver platter, information about what firearms you own? That’s what you are doing when you apply for any type of firearms permit. Now we know that the information in those forms gets entered in a state government computer system, regardless of whether or not the application is approved, and that this info is immediately accessible to federal level computer systems.

    If our Congress stupidly passes a law banning private ownership of firearms, like what happened in Australia, the gun ownership information in federal and state computer systems will provide a handy guide for where local police and federal agents can go to confiscate firearms from law abiding citizens and leave those citizen defenseless against armed criminals, including criminally-inclined government officials and heavily their armed lackeys.

    We voters need to make it really clear to our Congressional representatives that there will be consequences (recalls, unemployment and permanent non-electablility) for them for stealing or trying to steal our Second Amendment rights or any of the other rights guaranteed under our Constitution and its amendments. The right to self-defense if a God-given right and not one that any government can legitimately take away.

    I am concerned that there are not enough voters who care about this issue or who know enough world history to appreciate what can happen in a civilized country when citizens are unarmed and a criminal group takes political power. Back when WWII veterans made up a large portion of the voting public, there was no risk that any Socialist or Fascist type gang could get itself elected to positions of power and treat the voters like subjects rather than citizens. But now, I wonder just how safe we the people are these days from our own government officials and how much erosion of personal rights our complacent and well-fed citizens are willing tolerate.

  29. Hello Mr. Mac ~

    Good job, that was a fine write-up.

    I would add that it is a freeman’s God-ordained DUTY to be armed with all lawful intent (for the very reasons that you well articulated).

    Thank you and take care, sir.



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  30. I’m lucky , I live in a Constitutional carry state , that pretty much negates the need for a CC . If you dont live in a Constitutional carry state , getting a CC permit is a very good idea .

  31. anonymous says:

    “one voice out of 280,000 million”

    280 thousand million is 280,000,000,000, or 1,000 times the U.S. population in 2001, and about 45 times the world population at the time.

  32. Well said. I would feel safer if I lived in a community of people like you.

  33. Why not have an essay contest themed, “Why I Want To Have a Concealed Carry Permit, but Although I’m The Ideal Candidate For Such a Permit My State Won’t Allow Me To Have One?”

    I am a 15-year veteran of the U.S. Army and Marine Corps, I served in combat twice (Operation Just Cause and Operation Desert Storm), I graduated from both the U.S. Army Military Police School (Fort McClellan, Alabama) and the U.S. Air Force Military Police School (Lackland Air Force Base, Texas), I qualified as a rifle and pistol “expert” at firing ranges, I was a deputy sheriff in the time between my Army and Marine Corps service, I have worked for federal law enforcement agencies for the past 15 years while keeping a TS/SCI clearance, and in the past 10 years the only engagement I’ve had with law enforcement was a single parking ticket. Yet, because I live in the state of Maryland, I am deemed by the Superintendent of the State Police to be unqualified to carry a concealed weapon.

    After writing and submitting my essay, I would follow it up with another essay: “Why I’m Selling My House and Moving To Virginia The First Chance I Get.”

  34. theBuckWheat says:

    Let these stats be saved by fellow bloggers for wide use. It turns out that CCW permitees are about the most peaceful self-selected demographic known.

    From John Lott:

    The rate that concealed carry permit holders are now losing their permits for gun related violations

    Between, October 1, 1987, and November 30, 2008, Florida issued permits to 1,439,446 people, many of whom have had their permits renewed multiple times. Only 166 had their permits revoked for any type of firearms related violation – about 0.01 percent. I was just looking up the new numbers. Updating those numbers to January 31, 2010, Florida has now issued permits to 1,704,624 people. The number who have had their permits revoked has risen to just 167. In 14 months, just one person with a Florida permit has lost his permit for a fire arms related violation. There are currently 692,621 valid permits. That is a revocation rate of 0.00014 percent.


    From the Texas Department of Public Safety and Florida Department of State:

    An Analysis of the Arrest Rate of Texas Concealed Handgun License Holders as Compared to the Arrest Rate of the Entire Texas Population,” William E. Sturdevant, September 1, 2000; Florida Department of Justice statistics, 1998; Florida Department of State,


    From page 23 of the report: Males
    The average male Texan who is 21 years or older is 7.9 times more likely to be arrested for the violent crimes of murder, rape, robbery, and assault than the average male CHL holder. The average male Texan who is 21 years or older is 20 times more likely to be arrested for committing a non-violent crime than the average male CHL holder.

    Looking at violent crimes individually, the average male Texan who is 21 years or older is 1.9 times (rate of 9.0 v. 4.8) more likely to be arrested for murder; 68 times (rate of 25 v. 0.4) more likely to be arrested for rape; 49 times (rate of 45 v. 0.9) more likely to be arrested for robbery; 3.2 times (rate of 207 v. 64) more likely to be arrested for aggravated assault; and 11 times (rate of 914 v. 82) more likely to be arrested for other assaults than the average male CHL holder.

    No male Texas CHL holder was arrested for negligent manslaughter during the 1996 through 1999 period. Females
    The average female Texan who is 21 years or older is 7.5 times more likely to be arrested for the violent crimes of murder and assault than the average female CHL holder. The average female Texan who is 21 years or older is 16 times more likely to be arrested for committing a nonviolent crime than the average female CHL holder.

    Looking at violent crimes individually, the average female Texan who is 21 years or older is 1.7 times (rate of 1.3 v. 0.7) more likely to be arrested for murder; 2.2 times (rate of 48 v. 22) more likely to be arrested for aggravated assault; and 20 times (rate of 180 v. 9) more likely to be arrested for other assaults than the average female CHL holder.

    No female Texas CHL holder has arrested for negligent manslaughter, rape, or robbery during the 1996 through 1999 period.

    7.1.1 Arrest data for Texas CHL holders indicate that violent crime is not a consequence ofhandgun ownership or possession.

    7.1.2 The total population of Texas has an arrest rate for violent crime that is 5.3 times higher than Texas CHL holders, based upon data from 1996 – 1999.

    7.2.1 Arrest data for Texas CHL holders indicate that murder and non-negligent manslaughter is not a consequence of handgun ownership or possession….

    7.5.2 The total population of Texas has an arrest rate for robbery that is 48 times higher than Texas CHL holders, based upon data from 1996 – 1999.

    7.9.1 Less than two percent (1.9%) of the arrests of CHL holders for violent crimes that possibly involve weapons (murder, manslaughter, rape, robbery, aggravated assault) were classified as “family violence” crimes.

    7.10.2 The total population of Texas has an arrest rate for non-violent crime that is 14 times higher than Texas CHL holders, based upon data from 1996 – 1999.

    Concealed Weapons/Firearms License Statistical Report,” 1998; Texas Department of Public Safety and the U.S. Census Bureau, reported in San Antonio Express-News, September 2000; Texas Department of Corrections data, 1996-2000, compiled by the Texas State Rifle Association

  35. Mike Mahoney says:

    A fine article. I would like to ask the author why he thinks it should be necessary to ask the government permission, granted in the form of the permit, to be able to carry for those purposes which he so eloquently wrote?

  36. Great article, thanks. I also like the way Ted Nugent says it:

    “To my mind it is wholly irresponsible to go into the world incapable of preventing violence, injury, crime, and death. How feeble is the mindset to accept defenselessness. How unnatural. How cheap. How cowardly. How pathetic.” –Ted Nugent

  37. AD-RtR/OS! says:

    Well Said!

  38. JJ Swiontek says:

    “5) … … to be my brother’s keeper.”

    You should not use a quote from a murderer. A shepherd watches over and cares for the sheep. The shepherd brings the flock in for sale to the keeper. The keeper divides the sheep into the ones for shearing and the ones for slaughter/sacrifice. By claiming to be your brothers’ keeper, you are saying that you can ‘shear’ him of his possessions or slaughter/sacrifice him because you own him.

    Rather, you should strive to be your brothers’ brother under our heavenly shepherd.

  39. private idaho says:

    linda when I applied for my ccw there was no questions about what firearms I would be carrying. my instructor told us that if you could conceal it you could carry it even an ar or a shotgun my instructor likes to carry an uzi. legal length by the way.

  40. R. Earp says:

    I just got all jacked up – YAY and BRAVO!

  41. Tambora says:

    This Article should put at the top of the deck today. It is especially relevant considering the forthcoming Zimmerman verdict. Zimmerman is a perfect example of the viewpoint left leaning people have of constitutional right to carry. I have my conceal carry, and i think this article is good. i find it sad that many say they do not want to get their CCW because it puts them on some “list” but who can blame them when one considers what Zimmerman has been through.

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