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  • Writer's pictureWes Francis

Is now the "Best Time" to get a CPL and start carrying?

Updated: Jan 12, 2023


There are a lot of excuses that people make for a variety of reasons. With credit card debt at an all time high and saving at an all time low, there are a lot of reasons that I could argue this is the best time to get into personal protection with a firearm. Here is a list of the reasons I think this is one of the best times to get into carrying a firearm.

  • Violent crime is rising

  • Cost of entry is the lowest it's been in two years

  • Training ammo is available and more affordable

  • The cliche phrase, "It's better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it," rings a bit louder today for most than it has in the past



Rising Crime


Let's first discuss the issue of rising crime. It seems clear that as police forces were being "defunded" that criminals had reason to feel emboldened. If you were to turn on the local news, it is likely that there is some kind of recent violent crime being reported. As unfortunate as that may be, it is important to remember that you are your and your family's first line of defense. It takes time for police to respond and even more time depending on where in Michigan you are located. It's during that time that you may need to defend yourself and your loved ones. I want to be crystal clear here: I do NOT encourage you to become some kind of vigilante. I always encourage my students to leave a situation if they can. It is better to not know whether or not a situation "popped off" and be safe than to wait around despite warning signs and find yourself in danger. With all of that being said, should escape not be an option, it's important to be prepared with both the mentality and tools that you will need to survive a dangerous encounter.





Cost of Entry


In 2020, prices for classes, firearms, ammo, and everything gun related went through the roof. It would seem that inventory has now been ramped back up so much that supply may have surpassed demand especially if you know where to look. A wide variety of guns are now readily available at most local retailers at some of the lowest prices seen in over 2 years. Training ammo is also largely available at rates that make weekly range time something that doesn't break the bank. Sure, these things aren't "cheap," but the prices today are significantly cheaper than they have been in recent times. The cost of getting into defensive shooting or shooting as a sport are now more digestible making it a great time to get some training, to start shooting, and to start carrying without having to dip into the coin jar.


Conclusion

Are there hoops to jump through like an 8 hour class, application, and fingerprinting? Yes, but who knows if more hoops will be set up in the near future.

Are there still costs? Yes, but they are the lowest they've been in recent times.

Is there really a need to carry? I will leave this choice up to you but as I mentioned in the beginning of this post, this cliche rings true: "It's better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it.








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