Like the saying goes: "With great power comes great responsibility" That is so true when it comes to concealed carry. There are 2 instances that I can recall clearly when I became a responsible person. The day me and my wife started a family and when I got my concealed handgun license. Carrying a gun grows you up fast and helps you put away childish things. Enjoy
Thank you for joining "The Bravo Audio Show," My name is Rene Aguirre. I'm the owner of Bravo Concealment. Hold on, guys. I'm redlining here. What's going on? What's going on? All right. There we go. I'll let Daniel take care of that. You know, he's our video and audio editor so make me sound good, man. You always do. Guys, today, first of all, I wanna thank everybody out here enjoying the podcast. Guys out there downloading it, sharing it, thank you so much from the bottom of my heart. Everybody out there on YouTube land, thank you so much. I'm pointing at the Bravo cam right now, and I'm waving at everybody out there.
Today I wanna talk about is an armed society a polite society? If you Google that, again, everything has been commoditized, guys, so you can go out there and Google. You can Google that, and you'll see that it is. You know, where states and cities that allow...states basically, that allow concealed carry handgun permits or, you know, cities as well, the crime rate has dropped. It's a fact. And so... But I'm not here to prove that point because that's all I'm basing it on, but I can tell you this, I can tell you through personal experience what I think when...I can tell you through a personal experience what I went through when I first got my concealed carry license.
I got it back in the late '90s when Texas first allowed people to conceal carry, and I think I got it that same year. I was one of the first ones. I got that conceal carry license. And I remember thinking, "Man, I'm gonna start carrying my gun everywhere I go." I remember clearly thinking, "This may get me in trouble because, you know, if I get into a shove with someone or somebody cuts me off on the expressway, and I get into some road rage or something, I may take it to a point where I don't wanna go, and I may end up spending the rest of my life in jail." I remember thinking that clearly and even almost being afraid to use it or to take it with me because of the responsibility.
But, let me say this, as soon as I got it, I took the class... This is before taking the class, right? I'm thinking all this. When I took the class and I got the license, like, 30 days later or 45 days later, I remember this responsibility like a blanket over me and just thinking, "I am now a responsible person because now, I have something that can really change the outcome of my life, and not only mine, but somebody else's." And so, from that day on, I grew this responsibility gene that I didn't know I had to that level. Obviously, I was a responsible person, right? But not to that level. And so I grew up. I grew up right away, guys.
I know, everybody out there that's watching on YouTube that have their concealed carry license, I know that it changed you as well. It's kind of, like, when you first start your family, and you have your first child. It changes you. It really does. There's this sense of responsibility that now you have to take upon yourself going out there with a concealed carry license and conceal carrying a gun or open carrying, whatever the case may be, there is a sense of responsibility. It's kind of hard to explain, but it's there. Again, I use the reference of starting a family. It's kind of like that. And that was the first responsibility that I felt that really just grew me from one day to the next. The only other one is when I started a family.
Just saying that, I want to... And again, this isn't for everyone, but in my inner circle, I have a lot of friends that conceal carry, and they all think the same way. I have a friend, he had a problem with road rage, and I remember him telling me, "I don't want to get a concealed carry license because, man, I know that I'm gonna end up doing something stupid." And I told him what I just told you. I said, "Look, when I got mine, there was a sense of responsibility that I got." And so he went, he got it, he's a totally changed man. Totally changed person. Totally. Because now, he knows that he carries something that can truly change the outcome of his life and somebody else's life as well, like I said earlier.
So, guys, I'm telling you, if you're out there, you're watching this video, and you're thinking about concealed carrying, and you're thinking, "No, man, because, you know, I have..." Now, again, this isn't... I'm not an expert, and so, if you have anger problems, I'm not saying, "The cure is to go get a CHL, and you'll never run into any, you know, anger problems anymore because it's gonna grow you and it's gonna make you more responsible." That's not what I'm saying. Again, I'm not an expert at this. I'm telling you what happened to me. And I think I know who you guys are out there who feel that maybe you may fly off the handle one day and you don't want that gun there because you're gonna do something that you're gonna regret.
Listen, cases like that maybe they have happened. I haven't heard anything like that from my circle and from the people that I talk to about concealed carrying. I have never heard that. Concealed carry people are the most responsible people out there. They truly are. I'm basing that on what I know and the people that I surround myself with and the people that they surround themselves with, and what I've heard. This isn't something that just applies to me and my friends. It applies to a lot of people out there. A lot of people out there. You end up growing up, and you end up taking that responsibility, and you take it serious. You take it serious. You take it to a level where you never thought you could. It really does change you in that manner, in that fashion. Trust me, guys, it did me.
Now, again, if you have issues and you feel that this isn't proper for you to go out there and get a concealed carry license, then don't do it. By all means, don't do it. But if it comes to you every once in a while thinking, "Oh, I don't wanna get it because I may just get mad one day and do something I'll regret," listen. That didn't happen to me. And not to say that, you know, I was a guy that will fly off the handle, but I remember my road rages and I remember getting to, you know, a shoving match with someone because of whatever the case may be. You know, and obviously, this was before I started a family. This was, you know, I was living by myself. I had my own apartment. I had a good job. I always had money in my pockets, and so I would do things that...trouble would find me easily, let me just say that, right? But when I got my concealed carry license, I remember even, like, just being so responsible when I was driving by making sure that I didn't get into a situation that would take me there. Seriously, guys, that was me.
Now, again, I don't know if that's gonna be you, but that was me, and that's a lot of people that I know. I've shared this story with a lot of my friends, and I've heard a lot of my friends tell me the story as well. And I totally, 100% agree that when I got my CHL license, it grew me to the point where I got very responsible, and I got very serious about concealed carrying, super serious. Until today, I'm very serious about it. Super serious. Even more now because I have a family, and everywhere I go, I feel like, "Hey, I need to protect my family," and not only them, but maybe, you know, somebody close to me that I love. Not just my family, a friend, or even just a person somewhere because I feel like a sheepdog.
I feel like I'm always looking out not only for myself, I look out for my family, and even I look out for the safety of other people around me. I really do. It's changed me to that, guys, and so I just want... If you guys are out there contemplating and thinking, you know, "I shouldn't do this because, you know, it may get me in trouble," or something like that, then again, this isn't a license for you to go out there and do it. Again, I'm not a professional, but I'm just sharing with you what I went through and what a lot of people have gone through, and I'm sure people out there on YouTube, you see this. I'd appreciate it if you commented on the video and let me know your story, or let me know if you agree with this, or if you think the same way because I know for me and the people around me, this is the way we felt.
When I first got my CHL license, I waited 45 days. I got it, I strapped on my gun, concealed carry here in Texas, and I remember feeling just this sense of responsibility and just this sense of seriousness, and it changed my life forever. To this day, it changed my life for the better, and it's done that to a lot of people that I know. So just consider that, guys. If you're thinking about going out there and getting a CHL license. And for me, the statement that I said when I first started the program is an armed society a more polite society? For me, yes. Totally. A hundred percent. And again, not to say that I was a jerk before that, but it made me a lot more responsible and a lot more polite, and it just allowed me to take everything around me a lot more serious.
So, guys, I hope this helps. Thanks for listening, and while we're talking about concealed carrying, where's my EDC? Here it is, guys. Glock 19 and Trojan Gun Holster. Go check them out at bravoconcealment.com. This is my every day carry, for the most part. Down here in South Texas, it gets hot, and so I go inside the waistband. You can conceal this with even just a light shirt, a light t-shirt. Go check them out at bravoconcealment.com. We've got free shipping, 30-day,4 money back guarantee and unlimited lifetime warranty.
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Rene Aguirre is the founder and owner of Bravo Concealment. Rene has been carrying concealed on a daily basis for over 8 years and has been a CHL (concealed handgun license) holder for more than 20 years. Finding a high interest in firearms for many years, Rene started Bravo because of the “lack of” a good concealed carry holster on the market.
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