I’ve never sent a text message before in my life. I realize that in today’s society this sounds unbelievable or bizarre. But there are three important reasons why I’ve never “texted” before, and why I never will.
How many people do you know who walk around with their head down texting every chance they get? How many times has a person almost bumped into you on the street because they hadn’t looked up from their phone in minutes? How many times have you been stopped at a light and the guy in front of you was clearly texting and you had to honk at him to let him know the light had changed to green?
The fact is that most crimes are crimes of opportunity. The predator wandering around the supermarket parking lot is looking for an easy score so he can afford to get his next fix. He’s more likely to rob the person whose head is down looking at their phone instead of those with their heads up. The rapist on the walking trail is going to target the young woman who’s been walking forever without so much as a glance up to see what’s going on around her.
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Also, even though I always carry a gun, knife and tactical pen, it’s not going to do me much good if my head is down, giving some guy the opportunity to hit me over the head with a lead pipe or stab me with a knife. Having these tools to defend myself may turn out useless if I’m not aware enough to see an attack coming and therefore don’t have time to deploy one of them.
The bottom line is, most of keeping yourself safe in life comes down to paying attention to your surroundings so you can see danger coming and react accordingly. Texting is a criminal’s dream because it makes people easy prey since they don’t see the danger signs or have time to flee or protect themselves.
I’m all about using my time productively. I’m able to get a lot of work done, to dry-fire every day and train because I don’t text all day or immediately run to the phone every time I hear a “ping” sound. If someone needs to get a hold of me, they call me and we quickly have a conversation (instead of texting back and forth forever), or they email me and I respond when I get a chance.
Needless to say, many people claim to not have enough time in the day to train or to dry fire with their handgun. If they stopped texting, I imagine they could replace that previously unproductive time with training time that has a much higher payoff in the long run. Personally, I dry-fire for at least 10 minutes each day. I think every gun owner should be able to find that much time in their schedule, and if they stopped texting they probably would.
If you can’t survive without your smartphone, then you’re not going to do too well if things get truly bad in this country. As the quote from the movie Fight Club goes, “The things you own end up owning you.”
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Bad things tend to happen when people don’t think for themselves and don’t use their brains. And, as someone who carries concealed on a daily basis, I believe if you’ve got a gun on you, it’s critical that you’re using your mind and taking the responsibility of concealed carry seriously.
Truth be told, there are a few other reasons I don’t text and don’t own a smartphone, including that people store way too much personal information on their phones that could be easily hacked or stolen. But the main reason is for safety purposes and to keep myself from getting distracted. Just remember, you may be the world’s best gunslinger, but if you don’t see it coming and you’re caught by surprise, it may not matter.