This is more a general environment question
I'm fairly sure this belongs here.
I'm an undergrad in a college town (State College) and there isn't much here to do but drink, fortunately I can't afford those kind of habits. It's important to mention that I find myself carrying less and less now that I am here. This is because about 50% of my time out of the home is on campus, which unfortunately would get me expelled if I were to carry on campus.
There has been an alarming increase in violent crimes this year, although almost none were reported last year, in the past couple months there have been numerous stabbings (5 in one weekend), and hand full of firearms drawn at crowded parties (none discharged) and a lot of assaults. Just last night a friend of mine was jumped by five men, (he is okay for the most part, pretty roughed up, I do not know the details of the fight other than he was drunk so I would assume he isn't free of any blame). Because of this I have been carrying more and more, but feel really uncomfortable in this environment.
I am a musician and I make the majority of my disposable income playing in a cover band at house parties and bars. When I know I will be drinking my guns stay locked at home. With the increase in violence I have been carrying more and drinking less.
But THIS is what concerns me the most, a lot of these violent acts have involved undergraduate students (sometimes even freshman) that are intoxicated or high. There have been two close calls, where I was literally able to walk away from the situation and I feel like this will be the solution in most cases. I used to think I had good judgement of situations in terms of how violent they could get, but never in my dreams would I imagine a freshman college student pulling a knife on me and stabbing me for the worst reasons ever (who knows why this violence is happening, probably women, testosterone, etc).
So what I'm getting at is, if I absolutely can't get away from a situation and there is a weapon involved I keep battling with the idea of pulling my gun on a young, drunk, stupid kid who's parents are probably just a normal suburban couple and this kid did well enough in school to get into the best college in the country, I could see the headlines already. And I don't know if I want that kind of potential burden, so essentially, I am very close to leaving the gun in the safe for quite sometime and stop carrying.
What are the alternatives? Keep doing what I'm doing, always travel in groups, never instigate or antagonize, always walk away when possible, if necessary call the police, defend myself with nonviolent methods, etc. But I feel like having my firearm could potentially escalate situations and appear very unfavorable for me even if the situation is completely 100% justified in every single manner.
I'm looking for insight here, maybe any other college students on the board, personal experiences, etc. I'm sure one or two members will crucify me saying "carry 100% of the time" or "if you don't feel comfortable carrying than you should never carry" but let me assure you that is not the case, I am very comfortable and competent and have faith in my judgment, I am just not comfortable in this environment.