Why I Carry
Why I Carry?
One of the biggest questions that I get working in the industry is “Why do you carry?” To me the answer is simple, but it was not until I put it down on paper that I was able to fully articulate my reason for carrying.
First off, we live in a world where there is always going to be evil. Ideally, there would be no disease, war, crime, or murder. Unfortunately, in a society where there are always going to be the haves and the have not’s, there will always be crime.
People have been killing people since the beginning of humanity. Sometimes out of desire, sometimes out of passion, and other times out of greed. I am not going to sit here and tell you I have the solution to that issue. Karl Marx and Friedrich Engles thought they had solved that problem over 150 years ago when they established Communism. As history has taught us, that is regrettably not the case. Bad things still happen to good people in China, North Korea, Cuba and Vietnam.
Back to the question at hand, simply put, I carry because self-defense is a natural human right that no man or government can take away. If my life or family is in jeopardy, I have the human right to defend that entity from being victimized. No human should sit idly by while their families or they are seriously injured or killed.
If I asked you to guess what the average response time for a priority police call in Detroit was, what would you think? Fifteen minutes? Thirty? In both those cases without a weapon, you could easily already be injured or dead.
Try 58 minutes. Almost one hour. I would like to compare that time to something that everyone in America hates, work commute time. The average commute time in the US in 2014 was 25.4 minutes. The next time you are driving into work think about that. If you were to call 911 when leaving your driveway, you could get to work, turn around, stop at Starbucks and get home before the police would be at your doorstep.
Let’s take a look at the national police response time. Currently, it is estimated that the average emergency response time in the US is between 10-12 minutes. Simply put, that means that if someone is trying to break into your house, or chasing you down the street, you are at least 10 minutes away from help. Anyone who has been in either of the situations or one similar to the ones dictated previously knows that a 10 minute wait is usually 10 minutes too late.
Now people ask me “Well what are the chances that you will ever be in a situation like that?” And I simply reply that this is not a game of statistics. If I am willing to buy a two dollar lottery ticket with a 1 in 175 million chance of winning, I am already subscribing to the theory of “well it could happen.” Why would I not carry that same believe over to my personal safety. If there is even one in a billion chance of something bad happening to me, I would still carry because “well it could happen.”
Simply put, I carry for the same reasons that I buckle my seat belt, go to the doctor, pay my car and life insurance, keep a fire extinguisher in my house, drive slower when there is ice on the road, and buy that damn 2 year warranty from Best Buy.
I carry because I would rather have it and not need it than need it and not have it. I carry to defend myself and my family. I carry because it is my natural right.
More importantly, I carry because it is the logical thing to do.
Jay Busch – CMO and VP Business Development | National Carry Academy
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