This is what happened to me yesterday.
While walking in our little town, holding my 6-year-old by the hand, we stopped to look at an outdoor fish pond through the hedges of one of our neighbors. Enjoying a sunny moment of watching the koi fish, or whatever they were, I became aware of three young men approaching from behind. Out of the corner of my eye I could see they were a little rough looking, perhaps 20-something immigrant-construction-worker types. The problem is although they are generally hard-working and pose no threat, they're almost indistinguishable from their Romanian or Albanian co-nationals who commit some of the violent crime we do have around here.
If I'd been armed, what would have been the proper next action? Reach under my coat to take hold the gun and prepare to draw? But even that wouldn't have been enough in the three seconds it took for them to reach us and pass on the narrow sidewalk. If they'd been predators, even with my hand on the gun, they'd easily have had the upper hand.
So, for safety's sake, should I have pulled the gun on them in a pre-emptive defensive move? No, of course not, that would have been too much, especially in hind-sight knowing they indeed meant no harm.
The point is, based on this and numerous, almost daily experiences like it, I understand that concealed carry is not the responsible, protect-your-family thing it's so often described as. In most situations the gun would do no good whatever and often great harm.
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