Concealed Carry To Be Cool?

United States Attorney General, Eric Holder, made a statement that people Concealed Carry because they think it’s “cool”. He went on to say; ‘people also smoke cigarettes because they think it’s cool and we changed that by showing that it is not cool anymore and we need to start a campaign against Concealed Carry, the same as cigarettes’.

Gun haters apparently judge Concealed Carry to be nothing more than a socially unacceptable habit like smoking. Few smokers would agree with such thinking and it should be clearly understood that responsible Concealed Carry people do not carry a deadly weapon to look cool.

When someone breaks into your home or automobile and threatens your life…do you show them your gun because it’s cool? Do these same politicians hire concealed carry bodyguards because they think it’s cool?

This shallow thinking, from a high ranking public official, may be a major reason for the misunderstandings between “gun haters” and “gun huggers”…they just don’t get it. It may help gun haters to take a Concealed Carry course to understand, students “do not” take lessons on how to be cool. You will not find the above word “cool”, used in this context, in any official training course on the subject. There is a notable difference between “staying cool” to make sound judgments and practicing Concealed Carry to “look cool”.

Anti-gun proponents may be more receptive to firearms if they could understand the mature reason for gun ownership involves, target shooting, hunting, self-protection, gun collecting, home security, national security and 2nd amendment rights.

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22 thoughts on “Concealed Carry To Be Cool?

  1. Bob

    The site you’re on now has excellent holsters. I ordered a strut holster and find it very comfortable and concealing. I live in Boca raton fla and my wife never knows if I have it on or not. I think everyone that carries has 3 or 4 holsters. The strut is an OWB holster. I carry a 9mm glock. I’ve never carried a revolver before although I own one. It’s just too large and heavy to conceal carry.

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    1. Rhys

      Florida has streamlined the prescos a little now. I went to the Division of Licensing building in Tampa, brought my photo I.D. and the packet. They did the questionnaire, background check, finger prints and photo all right there, took maybe 20 min. Still $117.00, but I didn’t have to pay extra for fingerprints, passport photo or notary fee.

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  2. Bob

    That’s a pretty stupid comment from a supposed intelligent person. I never pulled my weapon on a person but did on a pit bull that was charging myself and daughter. Was I supposed to wait for the authorities Mr Holder? If so the police had less than 10 seconds to get there. The important thing here is no one got hurt except for the animal. I’m all for letting the police do what they are trained to do but sometimes we just can’t wait.

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    1. Frank Schwager

      I suppose there are those who think it’s “cool”, and then there are those who get a sense of power carrying a gun. For me…..it scares me to carry a gun…I do have a permit….but I don’t carry….don’t go anywhere where I think I might need it. But you never know. Your experience with the dog attacking you is something I never thought of. I’ll give this more thought.

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      1. Bob

        Please do. It’s the second time I’ve been attacked by a dog. First was in Fort Lauderdale on a walk with my 1 year old daughter. I didn’t have a weapon at the time and just picked up my daughter to get her out of harms way. The dog got my leg which needed medical attention but luckily didn’t knock me down before the owner came forward. The second attack was 3 years later and the dog was shot. I teach both of my daughters how to shoot and we go to the range on a regular basis. They to will carry.

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      2. Florentin

        So Illinois is now Completely Surrounded by Gun-Toting Armed Citizens,eh? You’d think the Political Elites in Springfield would get the Message and fly out to Asylum in France. But it looks like they’d rather be like a Khaddafi or Saddam, fihnitgg to the end against the RKBA.Metaphorically Speaking, of course.

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        And that’s why there needs to be much stricter requirements for gun ownership (never mind whether people should even be able to carry on college campuses); it needs to be at least as strict as having a drivers license, and even that isn’t terribly rigorous (at least, not in the states I’ve lived in).I spent the better part of three hours with my brother rolling our eyes in our CCDW class as only some of the most obvious points of gun law, operation, and ownership were quoted at us (keep the gun pointed away from you, only clean the gun when it’s unloaded, don’t point a gun at someone unless you plan on shooting them, etc.) And the instructor very obviously pointed out the ones that would be on what was laughably called a “test” at the end of the session. Just because you have a concealed carry permit doesn’t mean you know how to operate the gun you’re using. Listening to some of the participants idiots in our class, it really worried me that many of the people around me would not only legally be able to carry lethal weapons, it would give them the false confidence that a piece of plastic magically made them gun-savvy while not having the slightest bit of understanding about the consequences and responsibilities that the permit carries with it.The only part of my course that was even marginally difficult was having to hit an immobile 3′x5′ target at an indoor range ten times from a distance of 7 feet. And that would only have been difficult if I physically had to spit the bullets at the target.

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        rick:Any one can learn in a few minutes where the slide release is, how the safety works, or how to load/unload the weapon. What I meant was folks who feel a need to carry need to know when and how to use the gun, how not to shoot off some important piece of your anatomy,and why they are carrying in the first place. Military training provides much, much more of that than hunter safety classes that don't even mention handguns, or some of the fly-by-nite "classes" now popping up all over the place. Many of the Technical Colleges in WI are offering classes through the police science programs that are an excellent source of thorough training and hands-on shooting. Two hours at a gun store and two hours of un-specified "theory" isn't enough to make me feel safe walking around with folks carrying.

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        1. Frank Schwager

          Everybody needs a class about gun safety, how to handle a gun, when to carry or not carry. Carrying a pistol is a big responsibility. For me…concealment is a problem. In the summer time when you are wearing light clothing…it is difficult to conceals my weapon…Ruger LCR .38 special +P. I though about going to a smaller caliber…but smaller calibers don’t have the knock down power that my LCR has. So I’am kind of stuck as what to do….any ideas out there?

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          1. stealthdefenseholsters Post author

            You may want to go to a “thin” pistol instead of a revolver. I feel the “380” is adequate and there are some great guns out there: Beretta Pico, Diamondback 380, Kahr P380, Kel Tec P3AT, Ruger LCP.
            There are also some great 9mm’s: Kel Tec PF9, Beretta Nano, Kahr PM9 or CW9
            Also read the article on our website; Caliber Size For Concealed Carry
            http://www.stealthdefenseholsters.com/x-CaliberSizeForConcealedCarry.html

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  3. Frank Schwager

    These gun haters are stupid people!!! It’s amazing they got as far into their career as they did. As for our kiss ass, corrupt politians…they are only being anti gun because of votes come election time. This whole anti gun thing makes me sick. I can tell you one thing….I will never give up my gun!!! I have every right to protect myself in the same way the president of the US is protected.

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