Get to the point
The point is simple: Law-abiding citizens who concealed carry and/or open carry are not only safe individuals, they’re deterrents.
Open carry speaks for itself. If you’re inside a bank with someone who is openly carrying a firearm, we’ll bet that bank isn’t going to be robbed by the individual who walked in behind you determined to rob the bank. The gun in the open is the deterrent.
While you can’t pick out someone who is carrying concealed, statistics speak as a deterrent. If you live in a state where, say, 90% of citizens carried a concealed firearm, we’d be willing to bet a hefty sum of cash that their crime rates would be rounding the corner to zero in no time. If criminals know that they’d have a 9 in 10 chance of running into an armed citizen, they probably won’t be attempting a crime to begin with.
It’s the same concept as the Illusion of the Gun Free Zone. Nearly all mass shootings have occurred in these so-called gun free zones, rendering citizens helpless until police arrive.
80 Million Current Gun Owners
While the majority own long guns (rifles, shotguns), handguns take up a nice chunk of the total. If we had similar numbers of concealed and open carriers, the criminal community would surely know this information. Again, more guns in the hands of the law-abiding citizen would serve as a massive deterrent to crime nationwide.
For those of you who currently carry open or concealed; Thank you.
For those of you who don’t; Consider your options and consider getting your permit. Only you know if it’s right for you.