Open Carry

Hello friends!

The new year has heralded the legalization of licensed open carry in the state of Texas, like many other states in the USA. Open carry means you can carry your licensed weapon in plain sight as you go about your daily business.

Thank you – Just what we needed to curb the violence in our schools and public places!

Yeah, right?

Most people can relate to members of the armed forces carrying weapons openly especially when they are about their duty, to serve and protect the citizenry, of course.

But citizens! How do we sift or tag people from ehn… “people”? You know what I mean?

Though it’s not clear if this represents a short-term trend, it sure wouldn’t be awkward anymore to see adults slinging smoking Kalashnikovs across their backs or tucking semi-automatics in belt holsters.

Then blood would be everywhere…

Okay, that’s a gross description. It’s just that I struggle to fight it off my mind. It’s only handguns anyway. Or it isn’t?

I feel the tension alone that comes with knowing that there might be five or more loaded guns around when I go to the nearby McDonald’s is just not good for my heart.

Okay, I’m exaggerating again, right?

While I haven’t figured out how open carry will effectively address the despicable heart of man, I can understand the concern of those who want to defend their loved ones from the unjust crimes that has plagued public places in the United States.

Well… for now, I can only watch what happens and pray for peace and safety in the nation.


This news came on abc13 on new year’s day as I was thinking about 2016. Then like a spark, I realized the idea of “open carry” isn’t a bad idea at all for this year and beyond.

Academy’s prices are tempting, but no, I’m not about to buy a semi-automatic.

I’m talking about your commitment to living a purposeful life.

The one you made five days ago.

There are intruders standing at the door of your heart, trying to break in this year. The subtle but powerful schemes that will tempt you against following through – those old or new habits that will trip you up this year, thoughts that will cripple your dreams and attractive friendships that will shipwreck your goals – are set to shoot.

But you can defend yourself. With the open carry of God’s weapons!

Though Ephesians 6:10-11 reads to my ears like, “… openly carry God’s Kalashnikov so that you can defeat the devil’s schemes…” It actually reads like this in the Message paraphrase:

“And that about wraps it up. God is strong, and he wants you strong. So take everything the Master has set out for you, well-made weapons of the best materials. And put them to use so you will be able to stand up to everything the Devil throws your way.”

Truth. Righteous living. Readiness to share the news of Peace. Faith. Salvation. God’s Word. Prayer.

Here is a kind of weapon you must openly carry as you go about your daily business. There are no restrictions to where you can carry them to. And you have a license – don’t you?

Explore each and tuck in your holster or sling across your torso. Prayerfully set your principles. Arrange you battle strategy by committing your ways to the Lord. Discipline yourself to follow through the demands of excellence.

This new year is as fresh as it is filled with challenges and you’ve got to be armed with God’s weapons so that you can gain and retain victory always.

For this kind of open carry, I am a big fan!



P.S.: What are your strategies for making 2016 your best year yet? Kindly share with me in the comments below, by email or on Facebook.

I had my ample share of laughs from the hilarious comics, and graphic images posted on google by people from both sides of the divide. Just type “gun control”.

Author: Toluwanimi

Toluwanimi believes young people can do great things with their lives. “Give them wings; watch them soar,” He always says. He is a physician by training and a budding behavioral scientist with a keen interest in child and adolescent health and development. Having worked with teenagers for over a decade, he loves to study and practice evidenced-based methods of inspiring positive behavioral change. His current project, GrandHeights, aims to provide resources and mentorship connections that inspire and empower young people to realize their life’s full potential despite negative circumstances around them. He plans to develop an establishment that will conduct research, develop effective strategies that will impart hope, empowerment, and refuge for youth and families in at-risk situations. He also believes creativity can be a transformative tool and through his start-up, Missionary Creatives, he helps nonprofits tell their stories and develop strategies to drive growth.

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