posted on Mar, 16 2010 @ 02:13 PM
Let's not forget all of those confrontations avoided because you had a gun!
I can say from personal experience that before I carried a gun, I was quick to fight. Now that I carry a gun, I understand how quickly things can
escalate, and I avoid confrontations at all cost! I am a much more patient and nicer to strangers, because I never want to have to make that decision
about when to pull the gun.
Also, most people know that I carry a gun, and friends of friends know that I carry a gun, and since a high percentage of robberies come from someone
you know, it has surely decreased the amount of people that would consider robbing me.
Also, if I am in a position that is volatile, and if I have to defend myself or someone that I know, I can act with much more confidence and
assertion, because I know that I have the gun as a last resort. In most cases (every case I have ever had), this assertion and confidence is very
effective at diffusing a situation. Kind of like hearing your Dad's voice compared to your Mom's. You know when they are serious, and you know
when to move on.
Also, if I ever did have to pull my gun, I would never do it without the intention of using it, but there is a good chance that the mere sight of my
gun would send a would-be attacker running. So that is another confrontation avoided!
There is really no good way to count all of these extra effects that carrying a gun has, and there never will be, but in my experience, having a gun
on my person at all times for the past 15 years or so has been a great thing, and no stranger has ever even had to see it!