Opinions Needed For Newbie
I live in NC and have spent the time and money for CCW. Now that I have my permit, I feel restricted about where I can legally carry. I will explain why I feel that way.
I have chosen to work as a salesman which requires that I spend a lot of time out in the public. Sometimes I have to go places that I normally would never go. I have been approached so many times for money it isn't funny (about once every 2 weeks)! Most of the time I've been caught off guard, and it never happens the same way twice. As a sales guy, I work with some people (not many) that I don't turn my back on. Who would have ever though marketing would lead me into some of these places? There are days when I collect for services when I'll have $3,000 or more on me.
Anyway, I know that I have to have super awareness of my surroundings, try to keep away from trouble, etc. My problem is that I know I have a higher risk of having a crime committed against me, and I just want to be prepared for the worst. However, some of our laws get in the way of that goal. How does everyone else handle the grey area?! Where does your need for personal protection out-way legal consequences? Understand that I completely accept the reality of today's society, and the position I have put myself into regarding my job. Let me further muddy the water by saying that my choice of transportation is a Jeep with a soft top, which means no personal or property security. Heck, I haven't even begun to talk about when my wife and I take trips, or just go out. I am and have always been a law abiding citizen, it's just getting harder to be one. How does one equal the paying field, when you are expected to be responsible and law abiding, but the criminal isn't?
I'm not looking for legal answers, I understand those. I'm asking for your honest thoughts and opinions. Thanks alot, this is a great forum!