Today we welcome Paul as a new contributor to Monderno. Paul has in the past helped out behind the scenes from time to time, and today marks his first post. Paul is a longtime gun owner, has worked in the industry for a well-known holster maker, and will contribute both reviews and opinion pieces to Monderno.
This seems like such a simple question, but is it?Â As a CHL holder, you have probably been asked this question at some point.Â I often I wonder if most folks give the expected â€œbecause I canâ€ or â€œbecause the 2nd Amendment gives me the right toâ€ answer.Â It seems an easy enough way to go all ‘Merica and raise Old Glory and/or wave the Constitution.
To me, it goes beyond my God given right, inked by our founding fathers.Â This is something I have discussed at length with my wife of 9 years.Â She was raised by very conservative parents.Â Parents who once had to console grieving friends who lost a child to an accidental shooting death when a handgunÂ wasn’tÂ properly stored.Â To my wife…. she was raised with the belief that â€˜guns are badâ€™.Â Todayâ€™s media does nothing but enforce the evils of firearms.Â Especially now with the election upon us….. you hear talk of the assault weapon ban and gun control as frequently as you probably get political propaganda in your mailbox.Â When we were married and moved back to Ohio, she knew of my interest in firearms, and I owned a few handguns, but weÂ didn’tÂ have children yet and carrying was not an option.
That changed a few years ago when Ohio (finally) approved law-abiding citizens the right to carry concealed.Â By this time, we had 2 small children and to me, taking the required class and getting my CHL was a no-brainer.Â She initially expressed her disagreement with the decision and often spoke of (stop me ifÂ you’veÂ heard this) my desire to stroke my ego by carrying a firearm.Â I have lived my whole life into my late 30â€™s with never a threat of violence or bodily harm.Â Clearly I was only doing this to feel more of a man, just looking for an excuse to draw and blaze away at the slightest opportunity, reload and keep pulling the trigger only to be silenced by a lack of any more ammo.Â Well, thatÂ couldn’tÂ be further from the truth.Â I hope and pray that I never, EVER have to draw my weapon.Â I donâ€™t want to have to deal with the aftermath of what that scenario could escalate to.Â Living with not only the legal issues, the financial issues and how that could affect my familyâ€™s future, but also the moral issues of possibly taking another human life.Â I would have to live with that every day after and that would be a heavy burden to carry.
That said, I wouldn’t hesitate, not for a second, to pull my .45 to defend my family, or if necessary my life.Â If I draw, I am absolutely willing to pull the trigger to keep those I love safe from violence.Â I go through my day in a constant state of threat assessment.Â Â Â Violence can happen anytime, anyplace, when you least expect it.Â My father was carjacked at gunpoint a few years ago in downtown Richmond, VA at 6:30 AM while pulling over to buy a paper.Â I often wonder how my wife has maintained the attitude of â€œit wonâ€™t happen to meâ€.Â She is a Virginia Tech alumnus.Â We have season tickets for VT football and are on campus often.Â There are 32 stones that serve as a tragic reminder of what can happen when you are in the wrong place at the wrong time.
She now knows why I carry and the rolled eyes are a thing of the past.Â She understands and respects my decision to take an active part in protecting our children and not relying on others to do so.Â I wish I lived in a world that IÂ didn’tÂ NEED to carry, because believe me, I wish IÂ didn’tÂ have to, but I am not naive enough to think bad stuff only happens to other people.
So, why do you carry?