Paris…San Bernardino…Orlando…Istanbul. The list of terrorist attacks is getting longer, and will likely grow longer in the future. Terrorist attacks are the terrible new reality, and they are harsh reminders that you alone are responsible for the safety of yourself and your family.


In The Terrorist Attack Action Plan, we talked about the importance of developing tangible and practical situational awareness skills so you know how to avoid becoming the victim of a terrorist attack. Here, we’ll look at whether carrying a gun is right for you, and if so, how you should go about acquiring and building the knowledge and skills you need to carry.

Remember, though, that carrying a gun—regardless of your level of skill with it—is no guarantee that you’ll prevail should you suffer the misfortune of getting caught up in a terrorist attack. The harsh truth is that by definition, the deck is already stacked against you. A terrorist intent on carrying out an attack is going to seek targets where the density of people is high, immediate escape is difficult, and there is little likelihood of immediate armed resistance. In other words, they’ll pick a target where most advantages are in their favor. They know that the only thing that will stop them is an armed response, so they’ll favor a target where that response will take time – at least enough time to allow them to complete their attack successfully.

I paint this picture to stress the point that carrying a concealed handgun is not going to be a magic solution. Highly trained law enforcement and defense professionals would never want to be caught in a situation where they face so many disadvantages going in. Regular folks like us need to understand that carrying a gun might help, or it might not, hence the emphasis in Part One about the importance of developing your active awareness skills.

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