10 Things non-gun people should know

about people who are legally licensed to carry a gun:  (Original Author – Unknown – I got it from a friend) — Its longish..so click on the more tag to read the whole thing

1. We don’t carry firearms so that we can ignore other basics of
personal safety. Every permit holder that I know realizes that almost
all dangerous situations can be avoided by vigilance, alertness and by
simply making wise choices about where one goes and what one does. We
don’t walk down dark alleys. We lock our cars. We don’t get intoxicated
in public or hang out around people who do. We park our cars in well
lighted spots and don’t hang out in bad parts of town where we have no
business. A gun is our last resort, not our first.

2. We don’t think we are cops, spies, or superheros. We aren’t hoping
that somebody tries to rob the convenience store while we are there so
we can shoot a criminal. We don’t take it upon ourselves to get involved
in situations that are better handled by a 911 call or by simply
standing by and being a good witness. We don’t believe our guns give us
any authority over our fellow citizens. We also aren’t here to be your
unpaid volunteer bodyguard. We’ll be glad to tell you where we trained
and point you to some good gun shops if you feel you want to take this
kind of responsibility for your personal safety. Except for extrordinary
circumstances your business is your business, don’t expect us to help
you out of situations you could have avoided.

3. We are LESS likely, not more likely, to be involved in fights or
“rage” incidents than the general public. We recognize, better than many
unarmed citizens, that we are responsible for our actions. We take the
responsibility of carrying a firearm very seriously. We know that loss
of temper, getting into fights or angrily confronting someone after a
traffic incident could easily escalate into a dangerous situation. We
are more likely to go out of our way to avoid these situations. We don’t
pull our guns to settle arguments or to attempt to threaten people into
doing what we want.

4. We are responsible gun owners. We secure our firearms so that
children and other unauthorized people cannot access them. Most of us
have invested in safes, cases and lock boxes as well as other secuity
measures to keep our firearms secure. Many of us belong to various
organizations that promote firearms safety and ownership.

5. Guns are not unsafe or unpredictable. Modern firearms are well made
precision instruments. Pieces do not simply break off causing them to
fire. A hot day will not set them off. Most modern firearms will not
discharge even if dropped. There is no reason to be afraid of a gun
simply laying on a table or in a holster. It is not going to discharge
on its own.

6. We do not believe in the concept of “accidental discharges”. There
are no accidental discharges only negligent discharges or intentional
discharges. We take responsibility for our actions and have learned how
to safely handle firearms. Any case you have ever heard of about a gun
“going off” was the result of negligence on somebody’s part. Our
recognition of our responsibility and familiarity with firearms makes us
among the safest firearms owners in America.

7. Permit holders do their best to keep our concealed weapons exactly
that: concealed. However, there are times with an observant fellow
citizen may spot our firearm or the print of our firearm under our
clothes. We are very cognizant that concerns about terrorism and crime
are in the forefront of the minds of most citizens. We also realize that
our society does much to condition our fellow citizens to have sometimes
irrational fears about firearms. We would encourage citizens who do
happen to spot someone carrying a firearm to use good judgment and clear
thinking if they feel to need to take action. Please recognize that it’s
very uncommon for a criminal to use a holster. However, if you feel the
need to report having spotted a firearm we would ask that you please be
specific and detailed in your call to the police or in your report to a
store manager or private security. Please don’t generalize or
sensationalize what you observed. Comments like “there’s a guy running
around in the store with a gun” or even simply “I saw a man with a gun
in the store” could possibly cause a misunderstanding as to the true
nature of the incident.

8. The fact that we carry a firearm to any given place does not mean
that we believe that place to be inherently unsafe. If we believe a
place to be unsafe, most of us would avoid that place all together if
possible. However, we recognize that trouble could occur at any place
and at any time. Criminals do not observe “gun free zones”. If trouble
does come, we do not want the only armed persons to be perpetrators.
Therefore, we don’t usually make a determination about whether or not to
carry at any given time based on “how safe” we think a location is.

9. Concealed weapon permit holders are an asset to the public in times
of trouble. The fact that most permit holders have the good judgment to
stay out of situations better handled by a 911 call or by simply being a
careful and vigilant witness does not mean that we would fail to act in
situations where the use of deadly force is appropriate to save lives.
Review of high profile public shooting incidents shows that when killers
are confronted by armed resistance they tend to either break off the
attack and flee or choose to end their own life. Lives are saved when
resistance engages a violent criminal. Lives are lost when the criminal
can do as he pleases.

10. The fact that criminals know that some of the population may be
armed at any given time helps to deter violence against all citizens.
Permit holders don’t believe that every person should necessarily be
armed. We recognize that some people may not be temperamentally suited
to carry a firearm or simply may wish not to for personal reasons.
However we do encourage you to respect our right to arm ourselves. Even
if you choose not to carry a firearm yourself please oppose measures to
limit the ability of law abiding citizens to be armed. As mentioned
before: criminals do not observe “gun free zones”. Help by not
supporting laws that require citizens to be unarmed victims.