Amen on this being a big issue. I think that if you look historically the 2nd Amendment had nothing to do with a lack of a standing army and everything to do with the American Revolution. It was a reaction to the British attempting to disarm the populace, which then organized into a militia to throw the British off. So in reality, and as much as I hesitate to say it and would be loathe to ever go there, in reality the intent was for private citizens to be able to form into a militia to remove a tyrannical government by force. I think that the founders had as a background that every person would always be able to defend themselves against aggressive criminals, and that the intent was to prevent disarmament by government.
In high school none of your friends were legally able to carry a firearm on their person; even under AZ law Open Carry is legal for those 18 and over only, and under the new law CC would be 21 and older. So as a standard, the state expects that the citizens who carry are adults, in fact the oldest age of majority established in our society.
I'm certainly not trying to rub you the wrong way Scott, so please forgive me for giving offense. I think that there is a significant difference between *feeling* safe and *being* safe. We can feel safe and in fact be in significant danger; likewise we can be quite safe and yet feel in significant danger, such as many experience while flying in a commercial airliner. Likewise, I think that the feeling of safety with respect to firearms doesn't necessarily correlate to actually being safe.
I know many people who feel or felt unsafe around firearms because of their past or their upbringing. Laura certainly felt that way, and it was a long time before that changed. Now, though, because of use, training, exposure and understanding she feels much safer around firearms. So I respect your feeling of being less safe, but in reality the people who might be carrying concealed after this law went into effect are not the unsafe ones. The unsafe ones (i.e. criminals) were carrying concealed already, regardless of the law. So realistically there hasn't been any new danger to anyone in AZ.