Been thinking a lot about this lately. The pros are numerous: ability to protect oneself from violent crime, ability to protect others, could go on and on about the pros!. The two cons that keep popping up in my mind are as follows:
- Carry restrictions. I am of the CANT philosophy. However, that poses a huge risk/problem. Let's say I'm carrying in a restaurant that serves hard liquor (which is almost all that I go to). Let's say there's a holdup. I play it cool. Let's say the robbers then announce they are herding us into the freezer or the basement, or wherever. Let's say they start shooting. My instincts would tell me to draw and fire. So let's say I draw, and manage to disable them (which would require REALLY good shooting). I have then broken the law and commited a misdemeanor which carries a penalty of large fine and 90 days jail here in NM. I would be alive, but I would be in jail, with a weapons charge and misdemeanor on my record. I would lose my job (medical professional) which I have worked EXTREMELY long and hard to get. I probably wouldn't get hired by anyone else. I might even lose my license to practice. I can't see a way around this, except to carry OC spray, which is allowed. However, that would mean I'd have to be within 8-10 feet and have a clear shot at their faces, both of which are unlikely. Furthermore, they may be immune to its effects due to drug use, previous exposure, adrenaline, etc. Can you see the conundrum?
- Speed of draw. I am required at work to wear shirt and tie and dress slacks. This pretty much dictates a tuckable IWB, or pocket carry. I have the M&P Shield and love it (and a Solo, but I might sell it), so I go with tuckable IWB. I think we are fooling ourselves if we think we can untuck the shirt, draw, snap aim, and fire at a rushing attacker before he is upon us. I do practice draws everyday, with unloaded (3x checked) weapon, and can do it in 2.8 seconds. But is that enough time to drop an attacker? Also considering I might only get off one shot, it's gotta be a great shot to either the heart, aorta, or brain/spine for an instant stop. Maybe a Navy SEAL can do that, but can the average, blue-collar citizen, who only can train 1x a week?
Just a thought. What do you guys think?