This feature appears in the May ‘17 issue of NRA America’s 1st Freedom, one of the official journals of the National Rifle Association.
If you read my first book, Hands Off My Gun, you know my home state of Missouri passed concealed carry in 2003. I lived in downtown St. Louis. I love my home city. I could sit in my backyard on warm summer nights with a view of the arch and the smell of barley and hops in the air from the famous brewery a few blocks away.Today’s America is the most lawsuit-happy culture in the history of the world. And gun owners face the extra threat of widespread bias and misunderstanding.
But I knew the reality of my location. My cousin was robbed at gunpoint, three doors down. A friend of my husband was stuck up in a parking lot a block away. As the years went by, we noticed more signs of decay: Gang graffiti started appearing on fences in our alley and buildings on the next block. Cars started speeding down our quiet little street, forcing kids to race for the sidewalk. The “knock out game,” where young men literally “knock out” innocent, unsuspecting—and often elderly—victims on the sidewalk, just for the fun of it, was invented on the streets nearby.
So, my husband and I carried. There was never a question about it. When our kids were old enough to play outside, they did so with me standing watch, arms crossed and my 9 mm on my hip. This mom wasn’t going to tolerate crime around my children. My neighbors were thankful: They knew my husband and I trained frequently, went to the range frequently, and had our eyes on the block. If we were outside, their kids were ok.
Thank God for the Second Amendment. It became common ground between diverse neighbors who shared a concern for our safety, and the safety of our children. Some asked me about range time. Others wanted to know how to obtain their concealed carry permit.
If only NRA Carry Guard™ existed back then, for two reasons: 1. There was no one-stop training option I could recommend where I could be sure my neighbors would receive quality instruction on the physical and mental aspects of carrying a firearm, and 2. Without proper coverage, my neighbors risked very real financial and legal consequences if they were ever forced to pull the trigger in self-defense, even if they did everything right.
Let’s focus on the second issue first, because too many gun owners haven’t seriously considered it. The truth is, right behind your firearm, your second most important self-defense protection is a rock-solid carry policy.
Today’s America is the most lawsuit-happy culture in the history of the world. And gun owners face the extra threat of widespread bias and misunderstanding. In this environment, if you are going to carry a firearm in self-defense, you have no choice but to find the strongest, most comprehensive coverage from the most trusted name you can find. Because even if you do everything right, even if the police clear your name, even if no charges are ever filed in criminal court, you still risk being dragged through a civil lawsuit that will cost substantial time and money, even if you win.
The brand-new NRA Carry Guard program is very clearly the finest option ever made available to gun owners. As an NRA Carry Guard member, you’ll get immediate access to hours of instructional online videos, covering in extreme detail how to be prepared for the real-life situations every gun owner might face.
If you have a similar plan from another company, I want you to do two things. First, compare your benefits with the NRA Carry Guard plans, available here. Second, compare the company you’ve put your trust in with the National Rifle Association of America. Which brand do you expect to stand the test of time? Which brand is more battle proven as the fiercest, most reliable defender of gun owners and the Second Amendment?
The answer, of course, is the NRA.
But there’s another side of NRA Carry Guard: what I consider the absolute high-water mark in firearms training for those who carry. It was developed by veteran Navy SEALs George Severence and Eric Frohardt, along with Vietnam and Los Angeles County SWAT veteran James Jarrett.
I had the honor of running through the Level I carry course under George, James and Eric’s personal direction. I’ve taken a lot of firearms classes. I consider myself very well trained. But I gained skills here that my previous instructors hadn’t emphasized.
I learned as much about my rights and responsibilities, and when to pull the trigger, as I did how to pull the trigger—and I came away even more confident in my ability to make the right decisions under extreme stress. This is truly the most comprehensive training program ever developed specifically for those who carry.
And as an NRA Carry Guard member, you’ll get immediate access to hours of instructional online videos, covering in extreme detail how to be prepared for the real-life situations every gun owner might face.
I cannot endorse this new program enough. If you cherish your right to carry a firearm in self-defense, and want to do everything possible to protect yourself and your family from physical, financial and legal harm, there is no smarter move you can make than signing up for NRA Carry Guard.
Dana Loesch serves NRA as the Special Assistant to the Executive Vice President for Public Communication and appears daily at noon eastern on NRATV.
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