Locally we have had few attacks in the Wal Mart parking lot. The most recent on the list was a women shot (it was not random but a domestic situation) and survived, just got word they caught the BG today. The other girl was getting into her car when someone approached her and asked her for money, the women said she did not have any and the BG attacked her inside her car, kicked and hit her and tried using a stun gun on her, pushed her out of the car and stole the car and the womans purse, they caught her today as well (side note, it was my sisters best friend that was the BG, not a good thing to hear).
My dad never got the point of why I carried (I do not even think he realizes I am carrying most of the time, he just learned the other day I had a new gun as I was gunless for awhile). Today he made a statement that it is getting to the point that people almost need to have a weapon, I made the comment to the effect of "that is why I have a .45, ya never know when or where, but I am prepared".