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  • Important reminder to be mindful with how you advertise yourself to the public.

     Margaret updated 1 year ago 2 Members · 13 Posts
  • Margaret

    Member
    May 18, 2021 at 2:09 pm

    I saw a shared Facebook post a while back that attempts to raise awareness over car decals and stickers that advertise a family’s lifestyle, and how this could have negative drawbacks on the family.

    Although this post only applied to car stickers/decals, I think it can also be extended to clothing and even yard signs.

    I’ll even start with a personal example on the clothing:

    When I first started conceal carry, just months after my 21st, this longtime gun owner and hunter felt this permit being granted to me was a crowning achievement.

    So much to the point that I went and bought shirts, like the iPac tees, after buying my first handgun and IWB… looking back on this, I cannot tell you guys just how stupid this was for me.

    I not only made myself a walking billboard, advertising the fact that I carry, but I also defeated the entire point of conceal carry- to keep your poker cards close to your chest, so to speak.

    I can only imagine what the CCL holders who were doing it better than me were thinking if/when we crossed paths in the grocery store…

    “I only know that I’m carrying a gun concealed, but I don’t know if anyone else is carrying concealed… oh look, I bet that guys carrying, his shirt says he does!”

    Now someone here might argue that just because I’m wearing the shirt, doesn’t mean I’m actually carrying. I say to that, it’s not whether I am, or am not, but rather that I’m showing the *willingness* to carry. Therefore I’m setting myself up as being a target regardless.

    These days, those shirts are nothing more than kitchen and shop rags.

    The same concept can be said for vehicle stickers and decals showing that you’re a gun owner for the world to see. That only says “look at me, I want my car to be broken into. It might have a gun under the seat!” IMO.

    Don’t even get me started on “truck guns” either…

    As for yard signs showing you’re a gun owner, that just screams “my guns stay at home when I’m at work!”

    I don’t want to come off as though I’m policing gun owners, I want you to do you.

  • the-cosmic-horror

    Guest
    May 18, 2021 at 2:09 pm

    100% agree.

    No gun shirts, no gadsden flags, no come and take its for me, all that stuff stays in the home.

    I like my guns but I would prefer to not have to use them unless they are absolutely necessary.

    Advertising to the world there are guns in this car, in this house, and on my person is painting a target and probably making it more likely that I will have to use them.

    I prefer the grey man approach.

    All stuff you just said.

  • Illustrious-Copy781

    Guest
    May 18, 2021 at 2:09 pm

    I was at a street festival and saw a dude wearing a red HK hat. I walked up to him to say hi and that I’m a HK dbag as well. He laughed. Then did a secret handshake that only HK owners know. Turned out he was the Texas gun vault youtuber.

  • Shotsheller

    Guest
    May 18, 2021 at 2:09 pm

    I can’t disagree with any of this…

    Especially with red flag law bullshit, and miserable liberal twats that won’t hesitate to call the authorities without provocation.

  • Cali_AnCap

    Guest
    May 18, 2021 at 2:09 pm

    All of the decals and stickers I have are all on my toolchest and workbench

  • theWMWotMW

    Guest
    May 18, 2021 at 2:09 pm

    The vehicle decals thing is a big issue here in STL. Downtown during Blues games or Cardinals games for example, thieves walk through the parking garages/lots and target vehicles with CCW bumper stickers specifically. They know that venue you came to won’t let you bring your firearm inside, so they know you left it in your car. Easy pick for them.

  • Illustrious-Copy781

    Guest
    May 18, 2021 at 2:09 pm

    All joking aside, I’m glad I’m not the only one to take the 5.11 tags off clothes that I’m wearing.

  • FatSwagMaster69

    Guest
    May 18, 2021 at 2:09 pm

    IMO you’re delving way to deep into this.

    Expressing the fact that your a gun owner and that you like guns should be highly encouraged and it should be done, as that’s the only thing that’s going to keep gun ownership as something that’s not seen as taboo or scary. It should be displayed out in the open for others to see if you so choose. I have PSA, FN, and some other miscellaneous gun stickers on my truck because frankly I don’t give a shit. I’m gonna express myself and nobody is going to rob an old Ford truck. The most expensive thing I keep in that truck are cassette tapes. Worrying about making yourself look like a target because of some stickers is absolutely ludicrous to me.

    I would also never leave a gun in a car. If the event I’m going to doesn’t allow firearms then I wouldn’t take my gun at all if I could help it.

  • Wooden_Bee9605

    Guest
    May 18, 2021 at 2:09 pm

    I just dress like i’m homeless.

  • chuck-it125

    Guest
    May 18, 2021 at 2:09 pm

    Kinda agree for safety purposes. Wearing a shirt that says ipac is a big red flag and counter intuitive. But wearing a certain brand shirt is ok. I wore a “from my cold dead hands” shirt and I talked to more like minded strangers at the grocery store in one day than I’ve ever before. Probably helped that I’m a female, but still, pretty easy way to learn you’re not alone.

  • Electric_Rooster

    Guest
    May 18, 2021 at 2:09 pm

    This is just my 2¢ worth. But it sounds very similar to the “don’t open carry because it makes you a target” argument. Which I don’t believe has a lick of validity to it. I say be proud of being a gun owner and 2A supporter. Wear the t-shirts and display the stickers. Hell you never know maybe someone not into guns might be curious about what you display and strike up a conversation and you can introduce them to the wonderful world of firearms.

  • rphmel1992

    Guest
    May 18, 2021 at 2:09 pm

    I love the fact that I live in WEST BY GOD VIRGINIA!!!!
    People can wear shirts or sport decals or just whatever they want about God, guns, and Donald Trump and get very positive results.

  • jareda33

    Guest
    May 18, 2021 at 2:09 pm

    I keep my concealed in a little bum bag so as to not draw suspicion to myself as a 22 year old college student. I try to blend in and dress in a way that won’t draw any attention to me or give anybody an idea that I may have one on me. I actually recommend little bags or Fanny packs for carrying. Super convenient.

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