Why do you Zero Carry?

Robber-fingerI took a class at Stanford called Probabilistic Risk Analysis. It was one of the best classes I had in college and it changed the way I look at nearly everything. One statistic that I will always remember from the class was the probability of dying in a car crash today. It is about 1 in a million. That is, every day when we wake up, our odds of dying in a car crash at some point that day is 1 in 1 million (if we drive). Does that seem high to you? You take those odds every day. It is easy to see this stat prove itself in the nightly news here in Idaho. Idaho’s population is about 1.6 Million. On any given day we, here in Idaho, have 1 – 2 people die in car crashes.

I use this car crash mortality rate to asses my personal risk for activities that concern me. I have no problem jumping in to my car every day. I don’t even think about the risk I am taking. For me (and most of you) it is a perfectly acceptable level of risk. We put our seatbelts on and go.

The National Self-Defense Survey (Gary Kleck, PhD) indicates that there are approximately 2.5 million incidents ofdefensive gun uses per year in the U.S. (based on data from 1988-1993, not including law enforcement or military defensive gun uses). That is, 8 out of 1,000 of us will defend ourselves (or our loved ones) with a gun in the next year. Those are odds I am not comfortable with, especially when we are talking about my family.

Why do I Zero Carry? All statistics and surveys aside, when it comes right down to it, I carry because I am sick and tired of hearing about innocents getting mowed down by unimaginably evil people. I want to be ready. I want to be ready when someone walks into a movie theater and starts gunning people down. I want to be ready when someone walks into the restaurant and starts knifing people.  I invented Zero Carry so more good people will carry firearms and send a message to the evil doers of the world, “We’re not going to take it.”


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