Keying off a statement by Claude Werner, Tam has a most excellent example of one of her gentle slapdowns (OK, just “slapdowns”) for the kind of bozo for whom only the right gun carried the right way is permissible.
And everyone else should, what? Give up?
There are people who work daily in non-permissive environments with dress codes, where a gun may be legal to carry, but would be a firing offense. Telling a 5’4″ woman in a skirt with no belt loops to “dress around” a Glock 19 in an IWB holster makes one sound a little dense.
We do not live in a world where everybody can wear an untucked polo shirt over a gun belt with a Glock 19 and centerline fixed blade knife, and can take all their vacation days every year to attend gun school. Nor should we. By making that sound like the lowest hurdle for responsible self defense, we turn off more people than we attract.
Do Read The Whole Thing™, because it is, as usual, rich in common sense; and contemplate this question: “What is the First Rule of Gunfights?”
Right, class: “Bring a gun!”
Notice that it is not, “Bring the gun that is on all the latest magazine covers” (Heaven forfend!), or, “Bring a gun, but it must have a caliber that begins with .4,” or any such nonsense.
We’ll put it in mathematical terms for you:
A gun (any gun) > No gun
Which can be stated another way as,
Any little pipsqueak gun (that you actually have) > Some theoretical optimum gun (that you have not). (Theoretical optimum gun file photo follows: Cabot 1911, with metorite metal grips)
Sure, it’s good to carry the biggest gun you practically can. But sometimes, that’s not going to be a full-sized service pistol like an M9 or Glock 17 (or 1911 cough 1911). A compact pistol is suitable for three-season, non-athletic carry here in New Hampster, or a service pistol if you’re a big guy. But what if you’re working out or swimming? What about our delightful summers?
And then, there’s threat posture. It’s not like we’re in someplace dangerous, like Lawrence or Brockton, Massachuseetts at 0200. (We do go to Lawrence to meet our 3D Printer dealer, but he keeps regular hours, unlike the denizens of the city’s best-reported industries, drug dealing and armed robbery). We don’t feel unarmed with a Baby Browning .25 clone. We feel unarmed when unarmed. Yes, we’d rather have a service pistol and a couple of mags, but why are we carrying?
To defend human life, full stop.
That’s it. We’re not arming up to go hunt zombies. We’re arming to deter or stop a threat long enough to break contact, continue mission.
“But a .25, Hognose! What do you carry when you’re going someplace you expect trouble?”
If we expect trouble, we don’t go there any more. When it used to be our freakin’ duty to go there, we sure as hell didn’t go there with any pistol, except as a backup. We went with the full panoply:
- Long gun
- Friends with more long guns
- Serious firepower at the other end of the radio.
Sometimes, we also carried a 60mm mortar and rounds, and AT4s or Javelins. But primarily, of course, the greatest casualty-producing weapon in the ODA’s arms locker, the freakin’ radio.
But we don’t go to places like Konduz or Chicago any more.
Look, we understand all the obsessing about gear. For some guys, constantly fiddling with trying to get the optimum gun/round/holster is a substitute for their lack of a happy childhood dressing up their GI Joes. NTTAWWT. But the difference in defensive firepower between the perfect handgun and any old lousy handgun is a difference of degree, and it’s a small degree compared to the difference between the lousy handgun and no handgun at all, which is a difference of kind. Carry no gun to a gunfight and you have made a category error, not an error of dimension or proportion.
Bottom line: your first line of defense is to use your superior judgment to stay away from the places trouble reigns, at the times trouble reigns, so you don’t have to display your superior skill.
Your second line of defense is your firearm and your skill with it. And you use it to defend human life for long enough that you can break contact with the threat.
Sometimes people take this Warrior Mindset thing too far. You don’t need a gun so you can hunt down and kill zombies. When the zombies come, if the pros can’t handle them, that may change, but right now, you need a gun so the zombies can’t hunt down and kill you (and yours).
What the zombies do after they put you and yours in the too hard bin and shamble off to eat someone else’s brains is not your department.
Did you carry today? Why not? Is the world safer when you carry, or when you don’t? If enough ordinary people carry, wouldn’t society have herd immunity to certain common social pathogens?