Carry Life | Speed Up That Draw: Garment Clearing

From America’s 1st Freedom:

We Carry Lifers have an image problem, like it or not. Non-shooters especially, but some surprising others too, labor under lingering doubts that we’re secretly fonts of seething, irrational fury, waiting to erupt with gunfire at imaginary provocations.

The happy—though certainly unappreciated—truth is the polar opposite. CCW holders have a lot to lose by overstepping their bounds, and continue to comport themselves with remarkable restraint if you look at the actual record. Only cherry-picking of tiny datasets leads to any other conclusion, and 30-plus years of “Wild West” doom-saying would now be laughed out of serious public discourse if sourcing were anything but what it is—the self-serving and rabidly anti-Second Amendment mainstream media consorting with it’s-better-than-a-real-job wonks at places like Everytown For Gun Safety, Moms Demand Action and the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence (formerly Handgun Control Inc.).

It’s our belief that carry practitioners have their superb track record for one reason: Because it’s a part of everyday life, they make it a priority. We suggest that priority itself has components of, well, priority, and that a hard look at those is time well spent.

The legality and justification for any defensive or protective shot is number one—duh—with both reason and mercy implying that pulling the trigger needs to be a last resort. But therein lies the problem: That “last resort” can become injurious or lethal in the twinkling of an eye. One ugly account after the next shows aggressors deliberately complicate decision-making through lightning speed. Time to weigh options is measured in smallish portions of seconds.

This renders number two in our priorities a (near) no-brainer as well: Practice, practice, practice; train, train, train—but not just on the actual shot. If you deconstruct the process from awareness of danger through presentation to engagement, it doesn’t take long to see that speed prior to any trigger press can make a shot unnecessary. As we’ve noted before, there is precedent and even data that supports this proposition (here, among many others).

Simply, if the crucial “draw” predecessor to a shot is good enough, you can make an aggressor react to you, rather than the other way around. For a host of reasons that we trust need no clarification, making such an antagonist think “Oh-oh, wrong pigeon” is about the best outcome you can bring about—no victims, no injuries, no lawyers. (This is also why “Stand Your Ground” laws are an important equalizer; their absence creates an implied duty for the assaulted person to infinitely withdraw, which in turn makes substantive self-defense much more difficult.)

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