Why I Trust Strangers to Protect My Daughters

Why I Trust Strangers to Protect My Daughters

As a husband and father, there's nothing more precious to me than the safety and well-being of my family. Every time my daughters step out into the world, my heart clenches with worry, knowing that dangers lurk in the shadows, unseen and unpredictable. In a society where threats seem to grow more and more each year., I've come to a realization—one that may seem counterintuitive to some, but one that I hold steadfastly: I want strangers with concealed carry licenses to watch over my daughters when they're out in public.

The Weight of Responsibility

As a father, the burden of protecting my daughters weighs heavily on my shoulders. I am acutely aware of the risks they face as they navigate the world outside our home. Since the moment they took their first steps towards independence, I have been filled with a sense of apprehension, knowing that I cannot shield them from every danger they may encounter. It's a sobering reality—one that fills me with both fear and determination.

Thankfully, I'm not alone in this journey. My wife shares my concerns and fears, and together, we've made a conscious decision to arm ourselves with concealed pistols whenever we leave the house. We understand that in today's world, personal safety cannot be taken for granted, and we refuse to leave anything to chance when it comes to protecting ourselves and our daughters. 

Trusting Strangers: A Counterintuitive yet Rational Choice

In contemplating the safety of my daughters, it may appear illogical to place my trust in unfamiliar individuals. However, allow me to shed light on the rationale behind this seemingly unconventional decision. Fundamentally, I harbor a steadfast belief in the inherent goodness that resides within humanity. Despite the tumultuous nature of our world, I remain convinced that there exists a reservoir of compassion and valor within individuals, waiting to be tapped when circumstances demand it.  I am convinced that there are more people in this world that would protect than would harm. 

By advocating for concealed carry licenses and entrusting the safety of my daughters to strangers, I am not naively ignoring the potential risks or uncertainties. Instead, I am making a calculated decision—one grounded in a practical assessment of human nature. I recognize that there are individuals within our society who possess the courage and integrity to intervene in moments of crisis, even when faced with personal peril. It is this faith in the collective responsibility of total strangers that supports my advocacy for concealed carry.

In doing so, I am placing my trust in the innate sense of duty that some citizens strongly hold to. This trust transcends the conventional boundaries of familiarity and kinship, extending to belief in protecting all members of our society. It is a recognition that individuals, that would be a complete stranger to me have the capacity to rise to the occasion when called upon. In essence, by embracing concealed carry as a means of safeguarding my daughters, I am affirming my confidence in the inherent goodness and resilience of the other conceal carry holders.  I wholeheartedly believe that at all times there is at least one citizen that is willing to protect total strangers from dangerous situations.


Concealed Carry's Role in Leveling the Playing Field

Concealed carry licenses signify more than legal permissions; they embody a commitment to personal safeguarding and readiness. When individuals carry concealed pistols, they're not just exercising their rights; they're leveling the playing field, ensuring that everyone has the means to defend themselves and others in crisis. The 100lb female with a gun is more deadly than the 300lb guy with a baseball bat. This concept of equitable protection is profound, filling me with gratitude for those willing to stand against danger, even at risk to themselves.

In a world of unpredictable threats, concealed carry empowers individuals to take control of their safety. It shifts the balance of power, allowing ordinary citizens to protect from danger and neutralize threats effectively. This equalizing effect is especially meaningful as a father, knowing that my daughters, like anyone else, now have the means of defense through total strangers who carry. It instills a sense of reassurance, knowing they're not alone in their quest for safety.

Addressing Concerns with Compassion

I understand that the idea of strangers carrying concealed weapons may raise valid concerns and apprehensions. However, it's essential to address these fears with compassion and understanding. Contrary to popular misconceptions, individuals who obtain concealed carry licenses are law-abiding citizens who have undergone training and background checks. They are not vigilantes or renegades but ordinary people who have chosen to take responsibility for their own safety and the safety of others.

Upholding the Sanctity of Life

At the heart of my decision to trust strangers lies a fundamental belief in the sanctity of life. I refuse to accept a world where innocent lives are lost to senseless violence, and I'm willing to embrace unconventional solutions if they offer even the slightest chance of preventing such tragedies. By allowing responsible individuals to carry concealed, we're sending a clear message: that every life is precious and worth protecting, and that we will do whatever it takes to ensure the safety and security of our loved ones.

A Call to Action

In a world fraught with uncertainty and danger, it's easy to feel overwhelmed and powerless. But as a father, I refuse to succumb to despair. Instead, I choose to embrace a spirit of resilience and determination, knowing that there are steps I can take to protect my family and make the world a safer place for them to thrive. That's why I teach CPL classes—to arm more citizens with the knowledge and skills they need to protect themselves and our loved ones.

My hope is that all responsible and capable citizens in Michigan will obtain concealed carry licenses, so that everyone walking around is armed and ready to protect. I urge others to join me in this endeavor—to advocate for responsible gun ownership and to stand together against the forces that seek to harm us. Together, we can create a safer environment for our families and communities.

Guardians in the Shadows

In the end, my decision to trust strangers with concealed carry licenses to watch over my daughters boils down to one simple truth: love. Love for my family, love for my community, and love for humanity as a whole. I refuse to live in fear, shackled by the specter of violence and insecurity. Instead, I choose to believe in the innate goodness of people and to place my faith in the collective strength of our society to protect those who cannot protect themselves. So, to all the strangers out there who carry concealed and stand ready to defend the innocent, I say thank you. Thank you for being the guardians to my daughters.

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