Concealed carry is a right practiced by many Americans. Law abiding citizens that feel the call to bear arms for the protection of family and self, look to their guns as a tool of protection. Choosing to concealed carry comes with preparation and training. Even the most experienced marksmen need to consider their ability to Be A.W.A.R.E.
Be A.W.A.R.E. is an acronym that will help with keenness and discernment in bearing a firearm. The important attributes can make or break a tough situation. Following through with your ability to Be A.W.A.R.E can also prevent an altercation from even occurring.
Be Alert. Take note of your surroundings at all times. This sounds like common sense, but when cell phones, iPads, and computers are so portable and easy to use on the go, it is easy to slip away into the void of the screen and not notice what is going on around you. Prevent yourself from being distracted and choose to be Alert putting your devices away when walking from building to building, or to your vehicle. Take note of time of day, amount of people present, and keep note of exits along your path. Simply noticing and avoiding a situation because of being alert can save yourself and those traveling with you.
Be Willing. To conceal carry you must be willing to take another life in order to protect yourself, or those around you. You need to be willing to carry out this method of self-defense. Evaluate your personal beliefs to come to a decision, and remember that you do have a right to defend yourself.
Good Attitude. If you exhibit anti-social behavior or have an unfriendly demeanor, reconsider carrying a gun. To conceal carry you must keep a positive attitude. Don’t put aside being alert to seem nice, but remain positive and carry yourself with thoughtfulness and humility. Remember your reasons to concealed carry in the first place; protection of self and others. Attackers are less likely to choose an alert and positive person as a target.
Be Ready. If you have all of the above in order but your firearm is not easy to access, or you realize you should have spent more time at the range, then you are not yet ready. Readiness is more than just knowing you could fire your weapon and where it sits on your nightstand or belt. Readiness is being able to take action when the need arises, but it is also practicing with your weapon and staying familiar with its characteristics.
Be Even Tempered. Concealed carry does not mix with a bad temper. It is important to remain calm. Do not carry a weapon if your emotions are not in check. This is for the safety of yourself and those around you. By keeping an even temper you ensure alertness, willingness, attitude, and readiness are in check without making hasty decisions that could defeat the entire purpose you chose to conceal carry in the first place.