The decision to carry a gun should never be taken lightly, because as soon as you start carrying one you become a potential hazard to everyone around you if you are not fully comfortable and knowledgeable about it and how it works.
Here we present you a list of 10 questions you should ask yourself before you decide to carry a gun, the answers may save your life and others’:
1. Do I practice regularly? – If you get a hold of your gun only about twice a month, you better leave it well-hidden and away from view inside your home, or better yet… get rid of it!
2. Do I practice in realistic situations? – There is no real value in practicing with a gun you intend to use in certain situations if you don’t practice under those scenarios.
3. Am I a pro with still targets located at 12 meters or can I also accurately hit moving targets at various distances? – There is a very slight possibility, if any, that a real target will stand still waiting for you to hit it, so you better know how to shoot a moving target.
4. If my gun gets jammed, can I automatically clear the jam and continue shooting? – If you can’t do this, you will probably be hit before you can react.
5. Can I un-jam my gun under artificially generated stress? – Do you think you can handle the real thing if you can’t respond in this situation?
6. Do I regularly practice weapon retention and disarming drills so that my gun is never used against me? – It wouldn’t be intelligent to carry a gun if, with it, you are going to offer the “enemy” an easy way to finish you.
7. Can I control my gun when I am shaking or sleepy? – An emergency happens when you least expect it, it doesn’t wait for you to be alert or cool, so you better know how to control yourself if you want to survive after pulling a gun out.
8. Can I control my gun with one hand if I get injured? – This can mean the difference between living and dying in an extreme situation.
9. Are the big safety and magazine catches on the gun? – If you don’t know this you don’t know basic gun safety.
10. Am I fully ready to pull the trigger and kill someone to protect my life? – It is not worth carrying a gun if your whole life you are going to regret shooting someone or if you can’t see yourself taking someone else’s life, no matter the situation.
If your answered ‘No’ to any of the questions above, even if it was just one of them, you may not be ready to carry a gun. In this case, it is your responsibility to get the proper training or self-confidence necessary to carry such a weapon in a dependable way.