I think I would say just "more comfortable."
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I wouldn't say I feel safer when I carry... I know that any potential threat or problem has no bearing on whether I am carrying, but I do believe things have changed in my mind ever since I have started embracing my second amendment rights. I ask this question because I have come to change and realize certain things. For example: I have found that I am more aware in my travels (I cover several states for my job, which I travel in my car...and all areas I am also able to legally carry), chief amongst them is that I catch myself being a safer driver and I feel I'm more patient where as in the past I would have thrown the bird, honked my horn or gestured to a stupid driver etc. and while I'm in the public I see this same thing happening. I would never say I'm safer, but I feel more content...not really because I'm armed but because I am carrying myself in a different manner that now requires me to be more conscious. So all in all maybe carrying has made me just a little bit smarter in how I carry myself in my daily trials and tribulations. And I think a big piece of it is that the responsibility of CC makes you think and maybe react and act in a different manner than maybe I would have before. Thoughts?
I think I would say just "more comfortable."
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I feel more in control. It gives me more options if something happens.
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Agreed with all of the above, but safer than if I am unarmed. But never completely.
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I feel fatter.
I have a very strict gun control policy: if there's a gun around, I want to be in control of it.
I just feel that I got a weapon to fight with. There's no guarantees in life.
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I believe the middle of your paragraph is how I feel.
Being more aware of ones surroundings. Being more patient/accommodating in everyday matters.
I wouldn't say "content", but I agree with being more conscious.
You have taken on a responsibility that is serious, being in control of your own defense.
I have no intention to kill, in fact, I plan to avoid it.
But, you would be surprised what you can live through!
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Better prepared to deal with a violent assault? Yes.
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Carrying a weapon and being capable of deploying lethal force instaneously is a grave responsibility that has changed how I carry myself - I'm much less cavalier than my younger self, find myself avoiding even verbal exchanges, and being more patient with situations that used to make me highly irritable - my wife says my road rage is gone. It also increased my SA and I'm much more aware of the world around me. As for feeling safer, that's such an ambiguous feeling - I'd say I feel more prepared for the worst or less intimidated in the face of danger (not that I look for danger or relish in, just a much more calm demeanor).
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I don't just feel safer, I am safer.
No internal lock or magazine disconnect on my pistols!
Not so much safer, but prepared.
I'm not saying we should kill all the stupid people. I'm saying remove all the warning labels and let the problem sort itself out.
I feel that my family is safer. And that makes me feel better.
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