Your family means the world to you. You would do anything to protect them, right? If you answered in the affirmative to that question, then you need to look more closely at your constitutional rights in what you can legally do to protect them. The benefits of having a concealed weapon at your disposal will ultimately give you benefits above and beyond the obvious. This article will look at the relevant statistics of gun ownership and robberies and how carrying a weapon in a concealed fashion can increase your situational awareness and make you more focused and present in your everyday life.
Personal Protection Statistics
As the U.S. population has increased over the years, so also does the number of guns that Americans purchase. Just in the past decade (2006 to 2017) over 122 million new guns were purchased in the U.S. alone. This might seem excessive to anti-gun activists, until they see that over 1.03 million U.S. home invasions occurred yearly over a 15 year span (1994-2010). In other words, robberies happen more than some care to admit (1 in every 36 homes per the FBI). Of these robberies, 41% involved firearms and another 7.8% involved knives or other cutting devices.
Having a gun present during a home invasion has shown significant benefits for personal protection with one study showing that people defended themselves with a gun in nearly 0.9 percent of crimes from 2007 to 2011. Only 8% of those people need to fire their guns, because just showing their gun to the burglar is enough to scare them off their property. Adult criminals like to commit their crimes anywhere between 8pm to 12pm (with most the crimes happening at 10pm) whereas juvenile criminals like to commit robberies in broad daylight around 3pm to 7pm. This showcases the need to always be ready to defend yourself no matter the time of day or place you or your family are at.
These statistics shouldn’t make you frightened for your family’s future, but rather, empower you to do whatever you can within your means to keep them protected from such scenarios. Opting to carry a concealed weapon is a solution that can thoroughly improve the quality and security of your family’s future if you go about it the right way. But before you just jump in start carrying, make sure you stay informed about your state’s laws that dictate whether you need a permit or not. Some states are laxer on their requirements for concealed carry (if they have any at all) while others issue permits relatively sparingly that are only recognized in that state.
Your parents always told you, don’t bring a knife to a gun fight, right? Of course, they might have meant the statement as more as a figure of speech than anything but the sentiment still holds true to actual knife and gun fights. If a burglar enters your home and you’re caught with your pants down (again, figuratively), without any means of personal protection against their choice of weapon, it will not be a good situation for you or the family. The more that you carry a concealed weapon, and the more you prepare for these scenarios, it will help you to be more inclined to spot behaviors that might be red flags for illegal activities and have a better chance of survival. We want to make sure our customers become more proactive in the future and protect your family no matter what occurs.