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I recently read an article on this topic from a huge gun association and with the exception of 2 points out of their 10, I disagreed. From a legal aspect, I understand why they wrote what they did, but let’s just say they’ve lost their edge on standing up for not compromising on out 2A rights. This article is in response to their soft, ill-advised advice but politically correct advice.
Family functions can be the most stressful periods of time for us. I think my situation is unique because I have the most amazing in-laws and my side of the family has completely disowned me because of differing political views so there’s virtually no holiday stress! Certainly not going to complain but I do remember plenty of gatherings with my family that were very stressful and I wish I had had the guts to stand up earlier for my beliefs. Yes, the obvious stressor is when you’re conservative/libertarian and they’re progressive left. And yes, even with everyone agreeing not to mention politics or religion, someone inevitably will -so you might as well be prepared.
First rule that should always be followed: never drink and carry a firearm. Be the designated driver. Know the laws in the state you are in regarding alcohol consumption while carrying a firearm. Expect more holiday check points with police and we want to set the best example for responsible and safe gun ownership. Don’t drink, drive and carry a firearm. Period. Keep your firearm safely locked away if you choose to drink over the holidays and certainly don’t drive. We want to live a life of no regrets and the consequences of mixing alcohol with firearms and driving are severe.
Second: While hanging around family who simply don’t understand your rights and desire to conceal carry, try to keep your gun and holster as concealed as possible. Expect to eat a lot and hug a lot so be mindful of how you carry. There are so many options to keep your firearm concealed so that no one knows you have it on you unless you directly tell them. It’s always best not to start something that can be avoided by being mindful of something we can control - how we dress and what we say. I personally wear leggings and a sweater that will comfortably conceal a belly band while allowing for plenty of food consumption. Men can easily conceal under a loose enough shirt or vest either appendix or at 3 o’clock without anyone knowing. Not a fan of clothing that you carry your firearm in because then you can’t take that outer garment off without locking it up. (And I never carry in my purse at family events because of the other children who might access it accidentally.) Be strategic in how you dress for the company you will be with.
Third: Avoid bringing up controversial topics but be prepared knowing someone probably will. I try to stay informed of the latest bills, Supreme Court gun cases in review, new laws in liberal states and general stats that are often misquoted/favorite liberal talking points - ie: gun deaths are the number one death for children. Be knowledgable on the topics you care about so that when the occasion arises, you’ll know what’s really going on and not just propaganda being regurgitated.
Fourth: Be kind and respectful during potentially heated discussions. Realize there are always people who just won’t admit they’re wrong or believe the truth and facts no matter what you say. You can present data and information and your beliefs as respectful as possible without being belligerent or rude and ‘in your face’. Nobody likes a know-it-all, even when they’re right. And if it’s the other person being rude, walk away and go talk with someone else. Don’t waste your time on family who insist on antagonizing and dominating the conversation based on an emotional argument. There are plenty of other conversations you can join, ignore or steer to more neutral conversations without being a pushover.
These are the rules I try to live by - there are articles that say to get your host’s permission to conceal carry before doing so and maybe that’s the best legal advice. I’m not a lawyer and am not giving legal advice. I personally don’t care what my host says as long as I can legally conceal carry in the state I’m in, my husband and I will do so. I do not think it’s anyone’s business if I’m safely conceal carrying for the protection of my family and myself. It’s certainly not ideal to leave your best means of protecting yourself locked away in your car or worse yet, at home. Honestly, it’s not anyone’s business other than your own if you choose to conceal carry. Be discreet, don’t drink, drive and conceal carry and certainly don’t show anyone how or what you carry when you’re in company that doesn’t have the same values as you. It is better to have your firearm with you and not need it than to keep it locked away and be in need. Of course, train hard, train smart and carry on. Enjoy the holidays with your family and friends and be safe. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
is an entrepreneur and content creator. He lives on a small homestead in central Alabama where his wife and three children raise livestock and enjoy the quit life on their farm. He served as an Infantry Officer in the United States Army from Alaska to Afghanistan and currently owns, along side his wife, Timberline Security Solutions LLC based in Birmingham Alabama.
Amandalyn has spent her professional career doing a little bit of everything from being a licensed real estate agent, to a Private Investigator. Currently she operates, along with her husband, Timberline Security Solutions LLC to train civilians, military and police officers for the battle they may one day face. Together with Mackay they work as Private Investigators and conduct executive level protection details.