Safety First: Why I Carry A Gun
What's up Savages. Today's post comes from a good friend and new member of the Tribe, Kevin "TacDaddy" Reichard. He is a dad, savage, and someone that has spent many years within the firearm industry both as instructor and student. The culmination of these traits brings us to today's awesome post. Enjoy, Savages!
You could say that the realization began back in the late 1980’s. I’m referring to the realization that as a responsible adult living in America, it was up to me to get the proper training and tools that I would need should I come across a life or death situation. It is my right to be armed, and I have learned over time that it is also my responsibility.
I was born in Washington DC, and grew up just outside of the District of Columbia in Maryland. We were teens when DC was referred to much like Chicago is today – the murder capital of the USA. Crack was hitting the streets and the daily torrent of killings in the streets dominated the local news. All of these stories featured a family who lost a child, a dad, a mother or another family member – all grieving the loss and wondering out loud how to prevent the next shooting.
It was obvious to me that despite their best intentions, the police were not capable of stopping a shooting in most cases, and that most of the stories we saw involved “Bad Guys” – unlicensed gun carriers who have somehow obtained a gun, despite the laws and rules in place that should have prevented them from purchasing a gun.
I remember asking myself, “If the bad guys have these weapons, and the police can’t prevent these types of crimes, then WHO has the responsibility to protect the innocent victims from the bad guys?”
Fast forward to adulthood, and the realization and acceptance that bad people do bad things still ring true, even in suburban America. These days, those local stories I used to see each night after dinner in DC now become commonplace as national scare pieces from the cable news network media, used to support their given agendas. The problem as I see it is that many of them promote the notion that you should “shelter in place” during an attack. The fact that any rational human being would rather wait to become a victim vs. using your training and skills and tools to give you a fighting chance over a madman is beyond me.
Admittedly, as the host of Gun News Weekly for over 4 years now, I have been exposed to more gun related stories than most average dads out there. I have realized that bad humans can be downright inhumane at times. I have also accepted that with certain freedoms come certain inherent risks.
It is up to me to be the first responder should a horrible situation come across my day to day activities. I, like many of you, have a family of my own, and part of the responsibility of being a good parent is providing safety and security to each and every member of my family as much as possible.
I carry a gun not to be cool, not for fear that “the boogeyman” is out to get me. I carry because bad people do bad things, and it is my right to protect my life and those that I love. It is my responsibility to survive and live. This is why I choose to carry a gun. Never forget savages, CARRY RESPONSIBLY and BE AUTHENTIK!