In todays society many are looking for the easy way on almost any task or possible scenario, especially when it comes to working out or not working out at all.
When Oklahoma became a concealed carry class state for firearms there was a drop in Tulsa in Martial Arts Class enrollment. I also suspect that this was the case all over the state. So while this may be a problem for martial arts schools in Tulsa and Oklahoma in general, is this a good thing for those now carrying the firearms who chose not to do martial arts and basically take the easy way out in terms of their personal self defense needs?
While Oklahomans are getting fatter every year it is very appealing to just put a gun in your pocket or purse instead of learning a physical self defense art that takes time and effort to learn, not to mention having to sweat in the process.
The problem is two fold. One criminals in prisons across the country practice taking fake guns away from each other when pointed at them preparing themselves for the violent encounter with concealed carry license holders that they attack. I teach my student how easy it is to take a gun away from people (bad guys). I also teach firearms retention which is how to keep your weapon in a high stress altercation. The second problem is that so few criminal or idiot people encounters escalate to the level of deadly force. So in those cases some well placed martial art moves de escalate the situation without anyone getting shot or dying just for being a dumb ass.
So carrying a licensed firearm and my martial arts, Hargrave Martial Arts, go hand in hand. When it comes to your and your families security you need more than one plan, and in the long run with martial arts you get fit and feel better physically and you have peace of mind that you have the choice when accosted whether to use a little physical deterrent, or deadly force. When all you have is your gun and the bad guy is trying to get your gun away, you dont have a choice. When that happens its almost always kill or be killed with your own gun.