By Kellene Bishop
When I ask various people if they feel they are capable of stopping a charging drug-crazed assailant, or prevent a break-in attempt into their home by a lawless gang, or to save the life of a person being mugged, the response I hear all too often from both men and women is, “Oh yeah. I have my concealed carry permit.” Clearly some confuse Permission with Skill.
A concealed carry permit does not ensure that you will be able to shoot straight, shoot fast, shoot accurately, and shoot to stop. It only gives you Permission that you may have a loaded firearm nearby should you need to do so. In most states, this Permission is not even necessary to protect your home, but the Skill sure is.
A concealed carry permit cannot save a life. But Skill will never let you down when it really counts.
Permission merely tells you that someone who doesn’t even know you is willing to allow you the mostly unfettered access to the tools you need to protect yourself. (Arguably a permission that should not even HAVE to be granted to mankind—in my opinion it’s an unalienable human right to defend oneself with effective tools. *heavy sigh*) But Skill ensures that you know how to use life-saving tools.
All the Permission in the world won’t save your life or the life of those you love.
Only SKILL can accomplish this.
Permission does not provide you with sound firearm safety.
Skill ensures that a firearm is a purposed tool, not an accident waiting to happen.
Permission is regulated by government.
Skill is regulated by your access to experts and your willingness to apply a foundation of knowledge in order to protect your family.
Permission without Skill is barely worth the $30-$100 bucks you paid for it, and that you will continue to pay so long as you continue to renew.
But the right kind of skill will last a lifetime.
Permission does not stop a would-be rapist.
Only Skill can do that.
Permission does not protect you from an abusive husband, or an out of control ex-boyfriend. Not even a protective order can do that.
Only Skill can provide you with the safety and peace you ultimately seek.
So while I wholeheartedly support individuals in obtaining their concealed firearm permit, I implore you not to confuse it with Skill. Spend the time and the money on acquiring Skill. Remember, it’s worth a lifetime of confidence and peace.
Copyright 2009 Kellene Bishop. All rights reserved. You are welcome to repost this information so long as it is credited to Kellene Bishop.
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