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Should Teachers be allowed to Conceal Carry?

Should School Teachers be Armed?

This is a very hot and controversial topic that has been up for debate.  There are very emotional augments on both sides.  What is the right answer?

The United States experiences numerous deadly school shooting yearly.  According to the National Sherriff’s Association it takes police, on average, 18 minutes to respond to a 911 call.  The average school shooting last 12.5 minutes.  Let’s just say we cut the average response time down by half, the gunman has still had time to almost complete the entire shooting with little to no opposition.

You don’t hear of a gunman walking into a police station to shoot it up.  Let’s ask ourselves why?  Well, there are trained professionals who will fire back!  It is time to fire back!  The argument against allowing teachers to protect themselves and our children is that they are not trained.  I say get them trained.  Not only do they have to have a concealed hand gun license but require tactical training to go along with it as a stipulation to be able to carry on the job.  Require continuing education classes as well just as any other profession does.  Teachers can’t teach our children if they aren’t alive to do it. 

Legally gun owning adults are now allowed to carry guns in publics schools in more than two dozen states, from kindergarten to high school hallways.  Seven of those states allow teachers and other staff members to carry guns throughout the school specifically. 

This August 2016 photo shows a sign outside a school in Claude, Texas, which Claude ISD posts outside their schools.

We place a huge responsibility on our teachers for the overall wellbeing of our children.  They have our children for at least 25% of their young lives.  It is important that we give our teachers the resources to do a good job.  These resources include, education, training, supplies, money and empowerment to protect.   If they don’t have these things them shame on us.

There is a reason that school shootings have increased over the past few years.  Evil preys on the weak.  Children with adults that are not protected are viewed as weak.  We have to change this!

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Choosing a Concealed Carry Insurance Policy

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Most gun owners view the possession of a firearm in the gun safe or concealed carried as our insurance against those who would harm us. What if the unexpected happened? What if you are forced to use your firearm in self-defense? Well, since you are a legally armed citizen, you just show up in court and prove that you met all the legal requirements to justify using deadly force. Then the court rules in your favor and life goes on… not quite. Sounds real simple but I guarantee that it’s not! Just the word “court” is complicated and expensive. Even though the court may rule that you are innocent of any criminal charges the family of the deceased can take further action and file a civil suit for wrongful death resulting in even more time and money.

Insurance companies are now offering concealed carry and self-defense insurance policies just for such occasions. Since this has become so popular, there are several coverage options and several providers to choose from.

When choosing a policy, do your homework. Most homeowner’s insurance policies have clauses that may either enable or prevent your current plan from covering you in a self-defense scenario on your own property. So consider any coverage you may already have through your homeowner’s insurance.

You need to also understand what the state laws are and how they can protect you in certain situations. However, word of caution these laws are always changing so you need to stay abreast of what they are at all times. A lot of states have Stand Your Ground laws that protect individuals against civil suits in lawful self-defense situations. Most of the time, these laws make it unlikely that you will face a civil suit when rightfully defending yourself.

Consider the different types of coverage. Of course, the higher the premium, the more coverage you get. Many plans will cover your legal bills for civil cases up to the plan limit. For criminal trials, most plans only offer reimbursement for money spent defending yourself. Several insurance plans will not provide any money upfront and will only pay if you are found not guilty. With all this in mind, it important to understand exactly what you are getting.

A few other things to consider is how much coverage you feel you might need based upon where you live. Going to court in one jurisdiction versus another can be very different and can costs various amounts. Find out if the plan provides an attorney for you or if it allows you to pick the attorney you feel will best represent you. Will the plan cover fees for an expert witness and are the fees provided up front or reimbursed? Does the plan offer a list of resources such as expert witness? And determine if the plan covers your family members during a self-defense incident within your home using your firearm.

I am sure there is something that I am missing but you get the idea! You can never be too ready for the unexpected.

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When Should You Draw Your Concealed Handgun?

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This is a very important question that everyone needs to try to answer before they decide to carry a concealed handgun. When law-abiding citizens carry a gun, they implicitly decide to take the responsibility of protecting themselves against potential threats and also accept the legal and moral consequences of carrying a deadly weapon.

Do you feel that is it your moral obligation to step in and help stop a crime that is in progress? Defending those outside your family circle, even when the use of deadly force is warranted, raises the stakes. Pulling your concealed handgun to stop a crime is a life-changing decision. What if you are charged with a crime and have to spend time in jail until it is all sorted out? What if you get injured? What happens to your family? No one can truly answer these questions but you. However, all these thoughts are secondary to the psychological effects of actually using your firearm. Your life will never be the same if you kill or seriously injure someone. I don’t care how prepared you think you are.

Many people feel empowered because they are packing which is a good thing however you should never and I will say it again, “NEVER,” pull you handgun unless:

1. You or someone else is in imminent danger and
2. You intend to fire it at the target.

You never pull a firearm just to “SCARE,” somebody. You have broken a cardinal rule of responsibility and played your hand of stupidity. It is not to be used to ward of threats. Once you present your gun you have essentially backed yourself into a corner and you now may be forced to use it when there could have been other options prior to that point. You also never pull a firearm unless you are ready to fire. Your handgun is a tool of last resort. It does not come out of the holster unless not drawing would result in someone innocent being seriously injured or killed. However, once pulled, you shoot to kill. I say shoot to kill because if you have pulled your firearm in the right situation the danger is so that you need to kill. Many women will pull a firearm without shooting only to be overtaken by their attacker.

In most situations, you are not going to have time to think about all of this. Things happen too fast and your adrenaline is pumping. It is very important to ask yourself these questions now. Go over possible scenarios in your mind and practice how you would want to respond. This is no guarantee that you will do what you have practiced but it will help if the time ever arises. You are responsible for knowing the laws in your state and you are responsible for that bullet once it leaves your handgun. “I didn’t know,” doesn’t hold up in the court of law.

Making the decision to conceal carry is a big one but a good one. Just like driving a car, once you understand the rules and safety guidelines, driving responsibly is a piece of cake!

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What Goes In a Personal or Diversion Safe

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Ever watched a James Bond movie where he pulls the heel of his shoe off and it’s a cell phone? Or the button on his shirt is a camera and the ink pen in his pocket is really a poison dart? The same concept holds true with diversion safes. They are purposed to conceal items in plain sight as to not draw attention to themselves making it hard to find.

Secret diversion safes when hidden with other household items will never be targeted, because burglars will never know or think that it’s a personal safe. They can be positioned just about anywhere. Statistics show that a burglar spends on average 6-8 minutes in the victim’s home which puts the odds in your favor when they don’t know where to look.

So what is it that needs to go in a diversion or personal safe? You can start with the extra key under the mat outside the front door. Set a realistic looking stone key hider among the rocks around your porch or tuck it away behind a bush. You could also use the sprinkler head key hider by wedging it into the grass or soil and no one would know the difference. This is a lot better than just letting the perpetrator in the front door by leaving the key under the mat, in the flowerpot or on top of the door frame.

While burglars are looking for your jewelry in the jewelry box you have cleverly hidden it in the diversion safe. Of course, we want to put our money, passports, credit cards, as well as our handguns in our secret compartments as well. Some other items that might be of interest could be important documents such as birth certificates, life insurance policies, and wills. I would consider putting the keys to the storage unit, lockbox and safety deposit box in there as well. Simply put: these diversion safes provide the level of secrecy and security you need to keep things out of other people’s hands.

“Why bother?” you ask. Well, many people think that nothing will ever happen to them. Sadly, that is not the case. There are several things that can happen to valuables that are not secured. The first thing that comes to peoples mind is of course robbery. That is why they think it won’t happen to them. However the fact is, the United States leads the world in occurrence of burglaries and about four burglaries occur every minute; that’s one every 15 seconds. Those are not very good odds.

Items can get lost if they are not secured. I don’t know how many times I have put something somewhere so that I wouldn’t lose it and later couldn’t find it. If I had put it in the safe it wouldn’t be lost. Weather is another issue that will destroy valuables. Tornadoes, floods, hurricanes, fires etc., are all natural disasters that no one “thinks” will happen to them but no one “knows” that it won’t. It never hurts to be prepared. Some valuables cannot be replaced.

Diversion safes provide concealed security for your valuables with affordable options. Get yourself prepared for whatever might come your way.

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Who Needs a Gun Safe?

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Gun safes provide a secure place to store handguns out of reach of family member especially children as well as burglars. Too many accidents have occurred while children were playing with real guns even though parents thought they had the firearms hidden in the closet or under the bed.

Gun safes also protect firearms from disasters such as fires, floods, moisture which can cause rust, etc. along with protecting them from scratches, dust, and fading. Not to mention, you can put other precious item in there such as documents, jewelry, and extra cash.

One disadvantage to a gun safe is the time that it takes to actually retrieve your handgun in the heat of the moment. Remembering a combination and actually punching it in under duress could be a daunting task when every second counts. However, with mapping out and practicing the most efficient method of opening your safe and grabbing your weapon, this disadvantage can be minimized significantly.

There is also a new trend of gun safes on the market that is designed to help minimize this disadvantage as well. These are the concealed home/gun safes otherwise known as diversion safes. A diversion safe is a safe that is hidden in the furniture, walls, stairs, ceiling, or just flat-out in plain sight. With the location being secret there is no need to use heavy metal doors or complex locks giving a quick access advantage. It is all about location and concealment that gives the quickest access to the firearm without creating a situation where the wrong person will find it. Many of these diversion safes actually look like books, furniture, and other household items that blend right in with everything else. A burglar would never know that it was actually a safe nor would they take the time to look because they are usually in a hurry.

There is also new technology introducing the biometric gun safe doing away with the time-consuming traditional gun safe. With this safe, your fingerprint is the key, granting immediate access to your handguns. There is no remembering the combination or fumbling with keys. This is the biometric gun safe’s greatest advantage – speed. The biometric safe can be installed under a desk, beside the bed, under a coffee table, in your car, or a number of places for concealed and quick access. Your gun must be in your hands as soon as possible when dealing with life-threatening situations.

Guns are intended to keep our families safe and secure from all hurt, harm, and danger but put in the wrong hands that intention flies out the window. We have a responsibility as handgun owners to properly secure our firearms for this reason. Be a responsible handgun owner and secure your firearms in a gun safe.

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New to Concealed Handgun Carry? What Do I Do?

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Now as a newbie you are faced with the decision, “Do I carry a gun inside or outside the waistband?” This is a question that has to be answered by you based on your preferences. There are several things to consider. Decide which is more comfortable.

Usually, outside the waistband is a very comfortable option for everyday especially if you are walking around. It also provides for a much faster draw than inside waistband does. With inside waistband the pistol is right up against the skin whereas outside waistband is not. This allows for a more convenient grip on your pistol before you even pull it from the holster.

Because you can get to your pistol faster and easier with the outside waistband, it also enables you to be more accurate. There is no fumbling around or readjusting the position of your hand on the grip after the handgun is drawn. Every second counts in a life or death situation.

One more advantage to the outside waistband is that the re-holstering of your handgun when you’re done is extremely easy. In the event that you have actually fired your weapon in an emergency, with your adrenaline up and your brain racing, getting your handgun back in its safe place without an accidental discharge is essential. No one wants to shoot themselves trying to get their handgun back in the holster.

You should definitely try both and decide for yourself however considering all things, I recommend the outside waistband until you are no longer a newbie. You should also practice holstering, drawing and re-holstering your handgun until you are comfortable handling your weapon. Please practice with an unloaded firearm until you get to a range that has a draw-and fire lane. The situation is never the same when the real thing happens.

Women:

Women should not carry their handguns in their purse unless your purse is specifically designed to carry however even then I really advise against it. The first thing that predator is usually after when a woman is attacked is her purse. If your purse is pulled from you and your handgun is in it you are rendered defenseless immediately. The best thing to do is have your weapon on your person. I understand that concealment for women is even more difficult than men due to clothing styles but your safety is at the utmost importance. Better safe than sorry as my mother always says.

One disadvantage to the outside waistband is it doesn’t offer as much concealment as the inside waistband. However, there are holsters on the market that are made with a lower profile that make it easier to conceal outside the waistband. Also check for the open belt slot on one end and the belt slide fob in the center of the holster, giving the user two points of belt security for a tight and secure fit which allows for better concealment.

 

 

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Why I Carry a Concealed Handgun

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One afternoon, my daughter, grandson, and I came home from the grocery store and the front door was ajar. I had my hands full of grocery bags and my daughter was carrying my grandson in the infant carrier. I (like all the dummies you see in the movies) proceeded to walk right in the door to check things out. Long story short, the place was ransacked and only personal items of mine were taken as compared to items of value. It was like someone had gone shopping. The police officer advised me to move due to the nature of the items that were taken because it appeared as if someone had been stalking me. I felt totally violated

Not only did I move but I marched right down to the next gun show and bought myself a Smith & Wesson revolver. I also went and got my License to Carry. I was not going to live in fear nor was I going to allow someone to put my family in danger like that again.

Carrying a concealed handgun empowers me with protection, but only to the extent that I allow it to. If I don’t know how to use my handgun, don’t take care of my handgun, or better yet, don’t even have it on me, I have put not only myself but my family right back in the same vulnerable position as I was on that afternoon. It is the responsibility of the owner to be abreast of the use, care, and laws of handgun carry.

There are four standard safety rules to always, always, and I repeat always remember.

1. Every gun is always loaded. No matter what anyone says, you treat it likes it loaded.

2. Never point the gun at anything you are not willing to destroy. Never assume the gun is unloaded. Refer to rule #1. Make sure that the magazine is out or the cylinder is open, then the bolt or slide is open. Once that is done you visually inspect the chamber.

3. Keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on the target and you have decided to shoot.

4. Be sure of your target and what is around it. You are responsible for collateral damage.There are a few other safety tips I would like to mention. It is a good idea to rid yourself of distractions when cleaning your firearms and move ammunition out of reach. Teach your children the four gun safety rules. Simple telling them that the guns are “off-limits” or that they will blow up if they touch them will not work! This is why the child related accidents happen. You need to teach them that guns are always loaded, never point the gun at someone else, keep their finger off the trigger, and always check twice to make sure the firearm is unloaded. They also need to know to keep the information that you have firearms at home a secret, and wear proper eye and ear protection. They are watching you so stay consistent.

Last but not least, carry with a bullet in the chamber. There is a lot of controversy over this subject. However, you are not going to have time to pull your handgun from the holster, remove the safety, get into shooting stance and then fire. I promise! The attacker will to be up on you so fast you will not know what happened.

Just remember why you carry. Keep up on your skills. Keep up on the current laws and keep your equipment up to date.

This is Why I Carry a Concealed Handgun!

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