Okay let's say stakes. Stakes are some poor SOB gets shot with your gun a few days later... because the bad guys crashed you off your bike on purpose, stole the bike and the gun while you were on the ground in pain. Listen to those who do this for a living.
Firearm needs to be easily accessible and you need to be trained in how to use it in high stress situations. And the training needs to be frequent. Gun on a bike or even a fanny pack, with a complacent rider because you carried for years without anything ever happening before, and untrained, is not a recipe for successful self defense.
Stop and think for a second. If anything ever happens while riding it will be someone crashing you off the bike to steal your stuff. How is concealed carry going to help you?
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The first time they had me jog a 1/2 mile while I was at the Academy, and then attempt some target practice was very eye opening. It was difficult hitting the target once my HR was elevated. That was just aiming at a stationary paper target. I had one experience in my career where I had my gun drawn and
thought I was going to have to pull the trigger. It was by far the most stressful thing imaginable. My HR was probably like 200+, adrenaline was jacked through the roof, I couldn't hear anything, I had tunnel vision, etc. I didn't sleep for like two days. Thankfully, cooler heads prevailed and I didn't have to shoot anyone.
And I'm pretty well trained in the grand scheme of things. The high stress component in all this is something people don't understand unless they have experienced it. This isn't TV and the movies.
Now Johnny Spandex out riding his bike isn't going to do shit besides cause an even bigger problem than would have existed had he not been armed. Just my professional $.02 on the matter.
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