Have you every contemplated how you would respond if you were carrying concealed in a public place and someone made you and over-reacted, yelling "Oh my God, he has a gun!" and started to back away in irrational fear? With many other bystanders shrinking away in fear as well? Further questions of "why did you bring a gun *here*?"
I've thought about this and I don't have a good response. I've been carrying for less than a year (pocket carry in a pocket holster). I carry everywhere because you cannot predict where you 'might' need protection. If I think I might need a gun to go a particular place I avoid said place.
I was wondering if some of you folks who have been doing this longer than me might have some good ideas and/or may have experienced the above and handled it a certain way that defused the situation effectively.