Company hawks ‘decoy’ guns for ‘perception’ of protection; who thought this was a good idea?

Everyone knows bringing a knife to a gunfight is a bad idea, now a Virginia Beach company is trying to turn a buck getting people to do worse.

Would you trust your life to this prop from Perceived Carry Decoy?

It’s marketing “decoy” gun-holster sets to consumers foolish enough to think that just the appearance of a gun is a talisman of personal safety.

The company, called Perceived Carry Decoys, markets the holstered decoys as a form of personal protection based on a bluff: carry a real-looking object on your hip that looks like a gun and you won’t have to worry about real-life crime.

“Personal Carry Decoys, or Personal Crime Deterrents are designed to provide a ‘strong’ defensive posture to those who wear one and has the look of a live weapon,” the company’s website states. “Remember, Perceived Carry is all about the perception that you are ready for business and let’s face it, perception is reality.”

Actually, the idea that perception is reality is a charming buzzword for business conference rooms. It holds a lot less water when the stakes involved could be life and death.

And that’s exactly what the stakes are when men or women present themselves in public carrying what appear to be firearms. Appearing to be armed – whether you’re a good guy or a bad one – is a real good way of actually getting shot by someone who foolishly thinks that gun your hip really is a gun on your hip.

As a Guns Save Lives blogger noted, “Because we all know that you just strap a firearm to your body and all trouble will magically leave you alone forever (please note heavy sarcasm in that sentence).”

Frankly, the whole idea sounds like it could have been a hoax thought up by gun-grabbers to make Second Amendment supporters look bad.

An email to Perceived Carry’s website asking exactly that — and other questions — was unanswered Wednesday.

“While these are not actual firearms, their extreme resemblance to real guns tucked neatly in a holster may be enough to give you the jump on anyone who may wish to do you or your family harm,” the PCD website states.

It may be enough to get you or family killed, too.

Want the power of protection a firearm offers? Pay the dues, get the training and learn the laws. Earn it.

Bringing a knife to a gunfight is a very bad idea.

Bringing a movie prop is worse.


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