hink way back to 8th-grade algebra. Remember the additive property of equality? Me neither, I had to look it up. But it says something important that’s actually relative to the topic at hand. Should you consider using lights and lasers on a concealed carry handgun? As a quick refresher, the additive property of equality says that it’s cool to add the same number to both sides of a difficult-to-solve equation. The important point is that doing so doesn’t change the equation. Not only is it cool, but it’s also beneficial because doing that makes complex, head-splitting algebra equations easier to solve. I believe that lights and lasers offer a similar benefit to defensive shooting—by adding something to your handgun, your capabilities don’t change at all. In fact, they improve by giving you more options without taking away any features you already had. Let’s take a closer look at some of the pros, and cons and you can make your own decision. Benefits of Lights While crime is a 24-7 business like Wal-Mart, more of it happens in dark hours than during the middle of the day. Sounds logical to have a light then, right? Well, it is, but not for the reason you might assume. The purpose of a light mounted on a handgun is not to find or spot bad guys. It’s just this: to positively identify your target before you press the trigger. As a lawfully armed citizen, you’re responsible for every bullet that exits your gun, no matter the circumstances. If you’re fighting for your life, protecting your family, or preventing Dr. Evil from tanking the pork bellies futures market, you’re still in a world of hurt if you hit someone unintentionally.