I’m not currently allowed to carry a concealed weapon in Wisconsin

May 5th, 2008

But this post by The Mad Rocket Scientist perfectly captures how I felt when I could legally carry a concealed firearm:

At any given moment, viagra buy viagra on any given day, best viagra I can legally conceal a firearm on my person for the defense of myself or others.

As a person who carries concealed, I have accepted an enormous responsibility to myself, my family, and to my community at large. I bear the responsibility to be aware, at all times, of my surroundings and of myself. I bear the responsibility of being trained and confident in the use of my firearm, and to take any and all measures to maintain control of myself, and my firearm, whether it is riding in the holster, or I have drawn it to confront a threat.

Before I can accept this responsibility, I had to be certain of my own moral center, to know that, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that the two pounds of steel and plastic on my hip is more than an uncomfortable bit of weight. To know that should I reveal my weapon, the situation may escalate to a point where I must use deadly force in defense of myself or others, and to know that my skill and training may not be up to the task, and despite the firearm, I may die, and that I am OK with that

Before I can accept this responsibility, I must be old enough, I must have enough money for the permit fee, and I must subject myself to a complete background check, one that involves local, national, and possibly international police agencies. If I have any instances of violence in my background, or events that have demonstrated my inability to be careful, lawful, and responsible, I will be denied this responsibility.

Before I can accept this responsibility, I need to know how to use a firearm safely. I need to know the four rules and have them such a regular part of my daily regimen that I am always aware of them and never forget them. Depending on where I live, I may be required to bear the expense to attend firearms training, or demonstrate my skill with a firearm at the range, or demonstrate it during a mock combat scenario.

Before I can accept this responsibility, I have to have a firearm. I must do my research and choose a firearm that fits my needs, my lifestyle, and my hands. I must again have the financial resources to purchase this firearm, which can range from $200 to $2000. I must have a holster that can safely secure my firearm on my person for carry, and it is likely a good idea to have different holsters for different occasions or seasons.

Before I accept this responsibility, I must know the law governing it. I must know how I may carry, where I may or may not carry, and under what circumstances I may reveal, draw, or discharge my firearm; and I must know the consequences of being wrong in my ability to discriminate these circumstances.

As I accept this responsibility, I must understand that I will be expected to maintain a higher standard of behavior than my fellow citizen, and, it could be argued, a higher standard than even the Police, as should I make a mistake with my firearm, I will be required to defend myself against criminal charges, and I will not have the resources and influence of the Police Union to support me.

As I accept the responsibility, I must understand that I can not be allowed to make a mistake with my firearm, as one mistake will result, at the very least, in the suspension of my responsibility, and should I be convicted, the permanent revocation of that responsibility, and possible loss of my freedom.

As I accept this responsibility, I must understand the following:

I can not verbally reveal to anyone that I have a firearm in a manner that could be considered threatening, intimidating, or otherwise hostile without the existence of a credible threat.
I can not visually expose my firearm in a manner that could be considered threatening, intimidating, or otherwise hostile without the existence of a credible threat.
I can not draw my firearm in any manner without the existence of a lethal threat.
I can not discharge my firearm for any reason without the existence of a lethal threat.
As I accept this responsibility, I must understand that I can not allow myself to become involved in an easily avoidable physical, or even verbal, altercation while in possession of my firearm, and that I am required to attempt to leave or defuse a tense situation that may escalate. I must make every reasonable effort to “turn the other cheek” so that should I be forced to fight, it is only in self-defense of myself or others. I must always stay in control and keep a cool head. I can not give someone a piece of my mind in the parking lot, I can not belt the guy who is talking smack about my mother, I can not go drinking and get into a fight, I must avoid confrontation whenever possible.

As I accept this responsibility, I must understand that I can never be complacent as I carry, as I can not allow another to gain control of my sidearm, nor can I ever place an innocent in jeopardy because I am careless. I must make every effort, and bear every expense, in order to improve my skill with a firearm and my ability to safely use it.

I have to be better than a model citizen, I have to an exemplary citizen.

I accept this responsibility not because I think “guns are cool” or because I want to be a gangsta, or because I want to make someone my “beyotch”, or because I want to be a hero, or because I am expecting trouble and want to be tough; I am not so shallow in my self.

I accept this responsibility because the police, as honorable and courageous as they may be, can not be everywhere. I accept this responsibility because criminals, and those that would do violence for their own purposes, respect no boundaries, and can ply their trade anywhere, from the slums to the gated communities.

I accept this responsibility because I firmly believe that the only person that is responsible for my defense is me, and that every citizen, not just the police, are responsible for the defense of the community. I accept this responsibility with the same honor and courage that calls me to the aid of others, whether they are in peril for their life, or they merely stumbled on the sidewalk.

I bear this responsibility willingly and with love because I am a citizen of this great nation, and I want to protect it and all her people, and this desire imposes on me a duty to defend her with my skill, my determination, and possibly my life.

I found my way to that post via: Rustmeister’s Alehouse.

Entry Filed under: Gun Control

10 Comments Add your own

  • 1. The Chad  |  May 5th, 2008 at 11:47 am

    Excellent piece and very telling of the responsibility of carrying a concealed weapon.

  • 2. Rustmeister  |  May 5th, 2008 at 2:10 pm

    For a pissed off (or is that crazy?) smart guy, he sure can write!

  • 3. capper  |  May 5th, 2008 at 8:40 pm

    The only problem is that is one person, if he is realistic in his statements (he could be self-delusional). There are still too many crackpots out there to make this a reasonable assurance of safety.

  • 4. Big Gay Al  |  May 7th, 2008 at 7:10 am

    “There are still too many crackpots out there to make this a reasonable assurance of safety.”

    Oh? Too many as in “bad guy crackpots,” or, as in “gun nut crackpots?”

    Generally speaking, statistics prove that the part of the population that have a CCW permit, are much more law-abiding than the general population.

    And frankly, I’d rather have any chance at safety, than none at all.

  • 5. Tree Hugger  |  October 30th, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    So many people assume that the police, again as brave as they are for getting paid minimal salaries for the risk of getting shot at, are required to maintain their marksmanship. Not true. Many cops that I know PERSONALLY hardly EVER frequent the range. Those that do were excellent marksmen before they got out of college due to their firearm training sought out by their own desire to be more responsible gun owners.

    Do individuals (like capper) really believe that if a “crackpot” wants to kill their girlfriend/wife/neighbor/boss/preacher/etc, they wouldn’t be able to find a weapon to do it if concealed carry was illegal?

    I believe they don’t care enough to get familiarized with the facts. The whole “ignorance is bliss” theory.

    As I’ve always said, “I respect your right to lean on law enforcement to protect your family, but ONLY if you respect my right for MY family to be defended by MYSELF.”

  • 6. Michael  |  October 30th, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    “The only problem is that is one person, if he is realistic in his statements (he could be self-delusional). There are still too many crackpots out there to make this a reasonable assurance of safety. ”
    What an idiot. Tell me, where is your guarantee of safety issued to you at birth? Just because YOU are too much on an idiot (or throwback) to protect yourself or others, you assume I am just as incapable?
    Please people, gun laws are NOT for criminals..they are CRIMINALS! THEY DON’T CARE!

  • 7. Jennifer  |  October 30th, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    If you deny the right for citizens to carry concealed and take away their guns, only criminals would have them.

  • 8. Drew  |  October 30th, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    Dear writer when you say “on my person” if you look in a legal dictionary (blacks law recommended) you will find that a “person” is a legal fiction. Thus what you may be interpreting is the laws of a person (jurisdiction) Now the Natural born rights of a flesh and blood man/woman, referred to in U.S. Constitution, is what it is. Your issue will be resolved if you learn how to mange you jurisdiction. (if you youtube john harris you will get a better understanding) regards Drew

  • 9. Elliot  |  October 30th, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    That was interesting. Sudden influx of comments on a pretty old post.

  • 10. Xenokilla  |  October 31st, 2009 at 1:46 am

    @elliot. Stumble for the win

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