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20 Reasons to Concealed Carry a Defensive Firearm

You may want to copy into your cell phone the following list of reasons why you feel it’s important to legally and responsibly concealed carry a defensive firearm and refer to the list often so you’re ready with an answer the next time a friend or family member asks. You may even want to read the list out loud every time before you holster your gun.

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  1. It’s my civil right as acknowledged by the Second Amendment.
  2. I support the right to life.
  3. No one has the right to take my life.
  4. Guns save lives.
  5. I love my family.
  6. My family needs me.
  7. I am committed to protect myself and my family.
  8. I am prepared.
  9. I am a realist.
  10. I choose to not be a victim.
  11. Evil is real and life-ending threats abound.
  12. All that’s required for evil to prevail is for me to do nothing.
  13. The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.
  14. Criminals and terrorists don’t schedule appointments.
  15. Criminals and terrorists employ heartless and brutal tactics.
  16. Criminals and terrorists act without conscience in the ferocious harm they cause.
  17. When seconds count, rescue personnel are minutes away.
  18. Guns are productive tools in my hands because I’m a responsible law-abiding citizen.
  19. Guns are normal and normal people use guns.
  20. It’s better to have a gun and not need it than to need one and not have it.

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Stay On Mission

Stay on mission compass illustrationStaying on mission means you remain committed to your objective—no matter what temptation, disruption, or distraction you encounter—until you accomplish what you set out to do.

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For the SemperVerus Brotherhood, staying on mission means keeping your soul strong by adhering to the 5 core components of Prepare, Aware, Be, Know, Do, resulting in the strategic element of solidifying your Self-Defense.

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Staying true to your spiritual, mental, and physical purpose is the way to disallow mission drift and mission creep. It all comes down to intentional decision-making to stay true at every step of your life journey, every moment of every day. If you don’t, you’ll veer off course before you’re even aware of it. It happens one little decision at a time, where you go astray bit-by-bit. You need to build in measures to help you avoid suffering this outcome.

Quality Training Builds Character

IDPA target to illustrate the importance of firearms trainingAn article in Psychology Today suggests that training seriously and responsibly for armed self-defense contributes to developing a sense of human empathy and strengthens human character.

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The article’s author, David Yamane, professor of sociology at Wake Forest University, writes that those who are dedicated to improving their self-defense knowledge and skills “see that it is indeed appropriate at times to use our human capacity for violence pro-socially, in defense of self, loved ones, children, the weak and infirm, and other innocents. Gun Culture 2.0, to borrow an idea from sociologist Harel Shapira, sees defensive violence as ‘civilized’ rather than barbaric.”

Checklist: Categories and Their Items for Every Day Carry (EDC)

Browse EDC items at AmazonPreparedness is a vital element of SemperVerus mindfulness. One act of being prepared is to be intentional about selecting specific practical items to keep with you in your pockets, purse, belt pack, day pack, or vest as you travel through your day.

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Everyday carry (EDC) is the collection of useful gear you consistently tote on your person to help you overcome simple everyday problems and to anticipate unexpected and possibly dangerous situations. Your selection of tools you consider to be essential is a personal decision. An item you think is vital may not even enter the mind of someone else. But that makes it no less important for you. You need to balance practicality and preparedness with weight, bulk, and comfort. Each component of your EDC should serve a purpose or have at least one specific, useful function.

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Every day, your EDC essentials prepare you for the worst and empower you to do your best.

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To help you think through your own EDC, here’s a list of major categories to consider and item ideas for each one. You decide what and how much you want to carry every day.