Sometimes the best instructors are “Old School” and there are (in my opinion) no better old school instructors than Massad Ayoob. So, when he issues commandments (on the Daily Caller), I have a tendency to pay close attention. I mean, who could not fault “Commandment I”
If You Choose To Carry, Always Carry As Much As Possible
Hollywood actors get to see the script beforehand, and nothing is fired at them but blanks. You don’t have either luxury. Criminals attack people in times and places where they don’t think the victims will be prepared for them. It’s what they do. The only way to be prepared to ward off such predators is to always be prepared: i.e., to be routinely armed and constantly ready to respond to deadly threats against you and those who count on you for protection. It’s not about convenience; it’s about life and death.
And, if anything, the most important commandment of all:
Use Common Sense
Common sense—encompassing ethics and logic and law alike—must be your constant guide and companion when you decide to carry a gun. Not idealism, not rhetoric. When you carry a gun, you literally carry the power of life and death. It is a power that belongs only in the hands of responsible people who care about consequences, and who are respectful of life and limb and human safety—that of others as well as their own.