Thunder Roads Magazine Louisiana November 2016 - Page 30

bullet points Critical Analysis & Carry Article and photos by: Brody Kennen When I was 18, I carried a handgun openly on occasion. I was in full compliance with the law and respected private establishments’ wishes – understanding that an establishment’s owners, who don’t wish to allow guns, are afforded the liberties to make that decision and that I didn’t want to give them my money anyway. Whenever I did opencarry, I always felt extremely anxious and over time I assumed that that feeling of angst wouldn’t disappear; even when I decided to obtain my Concealed Handgun License. About six-months after turning 22, I did just that. When I finally got my license, I immediately began carrying; wearing my sidearm nearly every moment of every day. I noticed that the feeling that I had while opencarrying no longer existed. I had to step back and think about why. The idea that one should think about and prepare for possible life-threatening scenarios isn’t a popular notion; at least, not the part where you run towards the sound of gunfire, fight back or use others methods outside of the now popular “Run, Hide, Fight” angle. What leaves some people especially appalled is when someone suggests; “You need to think about attack scenarios from the active shooter’s point-of-view. How would you commit such an act?” The idea, behind the statement, is that you plan how you would commit the act yourself so that you can analyze how you would defend yourself and others from said attack. What happens if you’re cornered or run for a known exit that has been compromised? One of the most notable examples of such forethought, used by an active shooter, was during the Virginia Tech attack. The fear of the unknown disappeared because I chose to retain an important level of my own personal security (PERSEC). By switching over to concealed carry, I made it nearly impossible to discern that I should be considered the most immediate threat to their plan of attack because my sidearm was no longer plain to see. You must assume that a potential attacker, whom you may encounter, is just as critical in their analysis of a situation as you are and that thought must be retained in your own mental arsenal. That is, until they make a mistake which you can exploit. The fact of the matter is that critical analyses are just as important in responsible firearms ownership and carr 䁅́ɽɱ䁕Սѥݹ̸́)Yɕѱ䰁хЁѡЁ݅)ɝѕѡɽѕѽ́Uٕͥ䁽Q+Lѥݡѡ ́ 䁱܁ݕЁѼ)ЁѡЁ՝а݅́܁ѡյ)ɥ́ݽձѡѥ́ɍ]UQAх()ɝչЁхLЁݡɔ)ɵՔѼѡȁɽչ̃Lѡɔɔͽ)́ѡЁٔɍݡͥ́)ѡѕɵ̸Q͔́)ѡȁɽѡ͕Ёє䁽ȁɽѡ)չ䀼ɥ͠]ѡЁ)Ёх䁹Ёݥѡɍх)͕Ցѡɔٕݕ)ͥɅյȁ́ѡЁݽձ͕)ѡͥٔɍՉȁɥ)ͥ锁ՔѼ !0͕́)͕ɥ丁ѡɵɔЁ́ȁ͕ɥ)ѡЁЁͥ䁉ѕ䁄ɥ)=̰ɥ́ɕe)ͅɥ䁅ͽѕݥѠѡȰѡɽхє)ѥٕ́䁡ȁȁͼѡٕɅչ)ՍՅѕ́ѡ́ѡݕՔѼ)͍ձ̸%ɕ䰁ѡɔɔ͵)х́ͽéѡЁݽձхєѡ)յ́́Ё䁝ٕѥѡ͔)х́ɕeЁ፱ͥٔѼ̸͕%)ݽձɱ䁥ͥȁ䁽ͽ)Ѽѥ䁕ٕ䁍ɥȁЁ䁽)ѥQ՝ѡɔ݅́ѡ)ɹ9(9܁eɬȤȁѡЁхѡ)ɵѕݹ͡фѕѡݹˊe)ɵѥɽݼչ䁅ɕѕɅѥٔɕ́QɔݕɔЁЁݼ)ɝɥ́ݡѽѕȁѡЁݕЁٔ)ݡɔѡɕɴ݅́хɝѕ)QUѕMхѕٕ́́䁥ѥє)ݥѠѡѡ՝ЁѡЁݽɑ́ȁх)̰ͥѥ̰ݥɕٕЁɥѥɕ丁Q)Ё́ѡЁɕЁTĹeЁݥѠ٥)́䁥єȁɵЁ)Ё͕̰͕ѼЁѡЁͽɥ)ݥѠɅ́͡ɔݕ)ѡɕ̸eԁЁЁյѡЁ)ݥѕȁхͥ䁉͕䁽)ͥٔѥ̸]͕ٔɽѡ)ѡ́͡܁ɍЁͽ)́ ѽI՝Ёѡ́啅ȁQ)ݡݕɔչݸѡ͔͡ѥ)ݕɔ̰ɵхͭ)ݥѠѡЁѡܸ)Qȁمѕх̰ͼѼЁɕٕ)ѡɽхɝѕ䁡ѥɥ̸)QɔɔѡȁͽхՕ́ݡ)ѼɅѽ́ȁɥ̸Q)ՍѕɥՉ́ͽѡѼ()Q!U9HI=L5i%91=U%M%9()յѡЁԁɔЁѡɥ)ѡЁЁ͡ЁɽݐЁѡѥ)ѥٕѡ՝$ɔѡMѠ$)݅́ͥ䁹ѥݸ)QЁ٥́ѼѥѕѼٔ)ݽɥȁЁѡݡѡ́)QЁձ́ȁԁѕѥ)ɥeЁѥȁɵЁɥȁѼ)ѥѡݽɥɽ̤$)̰хѥѡЁ䁥́ɽe)͡ձЁѡɔѥȁѡɥЁѼ)䰁Ё́Ёȁ)ѥѥ䁅ɽ́ѡUѕMхѕ̸)!ݕٕȰЁչхѡЃLչѥЁ)ѥɕ䰁չɝՅ䁍ȁѼѡеݥ)ѡЁɕɵ́䰁ݹ͕͔͡)ɔѕɅ́ѡɥѡɥ)ͽ䃊LЁͻeЁمх́ѼͼՔѼѡ)ɕЁѥͽхєQɔ́)ȁɕݕ她ЁɅ)չٕ呅䁕Ʌ́ѽݸ) 䁽́ȁمх)ѡݥѠѡɽȁɅ$ݥѡ)ѼЁѡЁ$Ёѡɽ́٥Ѽ+qɍ͔Ёɥ́tѡ)$Ё ѥѥ 䁵ٕ́ɽ)ѡѥ%Ё́٥ѥ٥Յͽٕɕ)ѥ̸Qݡɽ́݅́ѡ䁅)ͥٔ쁅ѕȁɥѥхєѕ)Ʌɽͥ́Ё́ЁٕȀ)ɕձȁ)QӊéЁՑ́ѡ)ͥɵ̰չѥ%ͥQ]щ(m%] tȁͥȤѕ́ͥٔո)Ʌ̸͕ ѠՕ́ٔ͡)݅䁙ɽх !0́她)ѡȁ͔Ё́ѥɕչх)!ݕٕȰ͕ͥݡЁձɽݥ)ԁչхѡЁѡٕɅ쁥)ɕ䰁ѡЁ́Ёٕѡͅɬ)ɕѼѡ́ȁȁѡ)ٕ)͕́ȁѼɽѥ́ѥ)ѡѥ́ݡɥٔѡɕѡȁ)ɅѡЁԁٔ%ѡeɔЁͥѕЁݥѠ)䰁Ё䁉ѥѼɕͥȁٕ)иeԁЁ݅ЁѼЁѼͥѥ)ͽ͗éͥ쁡٥ɕ䁱Ё͔׊eɔͥѡȁɅѥх)ȁѕ䁱ѕɥم((0