This is while I will be carrying concealed as soon as I can.
Firstly, I currently OC until my CHP comes in, and because my friends are how they are, most of the time, my gun is left in my car.
Ok, so pretty much all of my friends enjoy guns, like to shoot on occasion and support the 2A. However, I talked with a few of my friends recently about my CHP, and one said "Why carry at all, you made it 21 years without carrying, why start now?" I merely stated that I felt better carrying, and that I will not let myself be a victim of violent crime.
I talked with another friend later about what had been said and he said "well I don't see why you would carry all the time, maybe if you were going downtown (rougher area of town) for an extended period of time." This time I just shrugged.
1. "You made it 21 years without carrying, why start now?"
What?! I also could have not worn my seat belt for 21 years and been fine, and I know if I did that he'd have been yelling at me for being so naive. Also, so what if I made it this long without it? Is that going to stop 'John Doe' from trying to cause me physical pain or worse? Well all know the answer: NO.
2. "well I don't see why you would carry all the time, maybe if you were going downtown (rougher area of town) for an extended period of time." Excuse me? Hello, modern transportation! Anyone can get to any part of town they so please, and if their intent is harm, they WILL get where they want to go. Crime doesn't stop because it's a "nice area of town".
I may not live in the best of neighborhoods but it's still considered 'safe' by most residents and we had a shooting at the complex just in front of my complex in the middle of the day, the guy was shooting at the apartments because of some sort of domestic dispute mixed with hard drugs. That plus the armed robberies I hear about all the time from neighbors and my dispatcher friends. Most don't even make the news. The point is, no matter where you live, violent crimes CAN and most likely WILL happen at some point. Why NOT be prepared? Maybe being an Eagle Scout just made me want to be prepared for every situation
I guess that group of friends are just sheeple that cannot deal with me carrying on a regular basis despite my firearms training ...sad to realize that my friends do not recognize the need to carry. I guess it's not for everyone, I just hope no one finds out the hard way.
All of that being said, I will continue to carry, and once I can, I will carry concealed. I will also take special care to not mention to those friends I am carrying. Man I need more CC/OC friends :)