I had been planning on writing a long article to explain what it’s like to carry concealed to all my friends who have no experience in the practice or its associated culture. That actually described me for most of my life, since I didn’t grow up around guns or shoot my first gun until well into my 20s. However, a friend posted this article from Harper’s, and now I don’t need to write mine. It’s a long but excellent piece that matches almost exactly what I would have written.
I agree strongly with 2 of the 3 conclusions that the article draws:
- We should allow people to carry concealed, and in more places than we currently do.
- We should make the training requirements for concealed carry much more rigorous
- I plan on continuing to carry concealed (where it’s legal), although the author has decided it’s not worth the trouble for him.
In any case: go read it.