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The Samurai Principle of Everyday Carry: Embracing the Protector’s Path

January 31st, 2024
The Samurai Principle of Everyday Carry

In the modern world, the decision to carry a concealed firearm is not one to be taken lightly. It is a commitment that echoes the ancient samurai principle: the sword must be carried at all times because one cannot choose the time of conflict. For those with concealed carry permits who opt not to carry or do so sporadically, it is crucial to reconsider the philosophy behind carrying a weapon for protection.

The essence of carrying a firearm for defense is rooted in preparedness and the understanding that threats are not bound by time or place. The old samurai wisdom underscores that even if a sword is to be drawn only once, it must always be at one’s side. This is not a call to arms but a call to consistency and responsibility. If you have made the conscious decision to become a protector, it is imperative to embrace this role fully and integrate it into your daily lifestyle.

Carrying a gun is not an action fueled by fear but by the foresight of the unpredictable nature of life. The uncomfortable truth is that we do not get to schedule when we or our loved ones might face danger. Thus, inconsistency in carrying effectively undermines the very purpose of having a concealed carry permit. Being selective about when to carry can result in being unarmed at the precise moment when that protection is needed.

Moreover, the argument for carrying should not stop at the threshold of your home. Criminals do not respect the sanctity of private residences, and therefore, the home is not off-limits to those who intend harm. By carrying at home, you acknowledge that threats do not pause at your doorstep and that your vigilance is a 24/7 commitment.

Incorporating carrying into your daily routine should be done with the same regularity as other daily essentials – like wearing a seatbelt every time you drive, even though you don’t plan on being in a car accident. It is about making the conscious choice to be prepared for the unexpected, to protect oneself and loved ones, and to honor the commitment to be a responsible protector.

To carry or not is a deeply personal decision and carries with it profound responsibilities. It requires training, awareness, and an unyielding dedication to the principles of safety and protection. But for those who have chosen this path, let it be a consistent one. Just as the samurai of old carried their swords with honor and readiness, so too should the modern protector carry their concealed weapon – not as a burden, but as a steadfast companion in the walk of life.

In doing so, it is very important to respect and adhere to the applicable laws governing the carrying of firearms. Responsible carrying includes staying informed of the legal requirements, which vary by location, and ensuring that one's actions are always within the boundaries of the law. The privilege to carry comes with the duty to do so lawfully and ethically, honoring the spirit of the protector by also being a conscientious citizen.




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