Online people are quick to profess “concealed means concealed” and “I don’t care what the rules say, unless there’s a metal detector I’m carrying my gun!”

Anytime you bring up the possible consequences of being discovered, they’re quick to say “well I’d rather be unemployed than dead!” or “I’ll just get a new job!”.

I really didn’t want to make this video, but I felt that I had to, because nobody talks about these types of negative outcomes. There’s no first hand account to hold up as an example of the things that can go wrong. Since people are so quick to dismiss theoretical situations, I feel obligated to share my story.

Once you watch this you’ll understand why those flippant responses are so rage-inducing for me. My hope is that people learn from my experience, and have a better appreciation for everything they’re putting on the line if they choose to ignore the rules. I’m not about to tell anyone what to do. I merely present this as a cautionary tale, so that people can make the most educated decision possible. Everyone is so eager to prepare for the worst case situation that they completely ignore the much more probably, and almost equally severe consequences of situations in between.

Sorry for the lack of background. I was filming this with natural light, and once this ball got rolling there wasn’t any stopping it. As you’d imagine, I didn’t really care to relive these events more than once, so this is the first and only cut.

The Suited Shootist
Alex Sansone took his first formal pistol class in 2009, and has since accumulated almost 500 total hours of open enrollment training from many of the nation's top instructors including Massad Ayoob, Craig Douglas, Tom Givens, Gabe White, Cecil Burch, Chuck Haggard, Darryl Bolke, and many others. Spending his professional life in the corporate world, Alex quickly realized incongruities between "best practices" in the defensive world, and the practical realities of his professional and social limitations. "I've never carried a gun professionally. I'm just a yuppie suburbanite that happens to live an armed lifestyle. Having worked in the corporate arena for the last decade, I've discovered that a lot of the "requirements" and norms of gun carriers at large aren't necessarily compatible with that professional environment. I also have a pretty diverse social background, having grown up in the Northeast, and there are many people in my life that are either gun-agnostic or uncomfortable with the idea of private gun ownership. This has afforded me not only insights into how we are perceived by different subcultures, but how to manage and interact with people that may not share your point of view without coming across as combative or antisocial. This is why my focus is the overlooked social aspects of the armed lifestyle."