No one can really doubt the dangers of the concealed weapon. Its potential to harm and destroy abounds with factual evidence in our current everyday life. The physical and mental repercussions from its discharge has a lasting, lifelong effect.
Supporters of a particular type of concealed carry look to the Constitution of the United States, especially the Bill of Rights, for legitimate support and validation for its use. Most users, however, need no written justification for the fast draw of the weapon and are ever ready to aim it at a moment’s notice, and against any perceived threat.
When one is threatened by others in today’s society, one has the duty and individual right to limit the threat coming from the offender. After all, the freedom to react to a danger is a constitutionally guaranteed freedom. And forget the inane reminders that with any freedom come corresponding responsibilities. Isn’t it more advantageous to get off the first shot?
The most commonly used concealed carry can be transported easily and without effort. Its placement within the folds of one’s body can pass undetected by the most scrutinizing of eyes. Because of the ease of hiding, it need not be disassembled. The concealed carry, after all, must be immediately ready to all possible perceived threats and injuries emanating from others.
The projectiles of the most commonly carried weapon are even more concealable and their caliber is only limited by the shooters fast agility to load and discharge. The recoil of the weapon and the acid smell of the missiles are often sensory pleasures to the carrier.
The concealed is carried by everyone. Each of us can be the shooter, and most of us have pulled the trigger. Each of us can be the victim, and most of us have been once placed in the sights of the weapon.
The concealed carry most dangerous in our fast eroding civil society is the tongue. Shooting from the lip is becoming fast becoming the weapon of choice. Its projectiles are words that can bully, malign, embarrass, humilate and degrade, and the resulting wounds can be as deep as those caused by metal encased missiles.
Often the victim is unarmed and unexpecting and with no intention of returning fire. In some cases, the combatants may engage in verbal dueling. Whatever the confrontation, someone is going to be hurt.
Sometimes a silencer can be adapted to the most commonly used concealed carry. It is called the printed word and can be just as ruinous and injurious to the recipient as the oral discharge. A written projectile can be a deadly silence.
The Constitution’s First Amendment’s protection of freedom of speech reinforces our need to think before we speak or write. It forces us to remember that a spoken or written word is not easily retrived or forgiven in a civil society.
We must also remember that when we are unsuccessful and failing in our attempts to harm others with our spoken or printed words, we may be tempted to turn to other forms of concealed weaponry.