I recently heard an officer’s rather liberal girlfriend questioning him about why he always has to carry a gun with him everywhere they go. She believed if they were assaulted and a bad guy saw her boyfriend had a gun, they’d be hurt worse. Wait, it gets better. If her boyfriend didn’t have his gun on him, they’d simply be robbed and not hurt! It’s this kind of bleeding-heart, head-in-the-sand belief that continues to breed sheep to feed the predators.

Once you’ve worn a badge, you can’t help but bristle at this way of thinking. After years of seeing countless victims wounded or killed for no reason by sociopaths, we know there’s no guarantee a robber won’t turn into a murderer. No guarantee one of these desperate sickos won’t hurt you simply because they get off on it.

You should always be ready, willing and able to defend yourself with any means possible. This is why we train in self-defense, martial arts and especially situational awareness. More importantly, why shouldn’t you be prepared to defend yourself and your loved ones with your firearm? As a cop, you’ve earned a great right to carry a concealed gun — anywhere. Why wouldn’t you take advantage of that? Or is your head in the sand, too?


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