It's also about respect...
I am fairly new to this board, but I do have some sense of the 'whys and whatfors' of concealed carry. I've been carrying weapons all of my life, sometimes legal, sometimes not. The reason that I carried, regardless of the law is manifold in its cause. Not the least reason is because I have learned from harsh experience that beneath the veneer of civilization, the world is a brutal and violent place. Most of this is contained, by circumstance and design, to places where the effects of this brutality and violence are usually experienced by those who dwell in this environment, either because of a lack of resources to leave or, frighteningly, because that environment is where they thrive.
Like you, I am a large man. I have little to fear from one or even two miscreants. However, I am married, this doubles my area of concern. I am also the father of two of the most wonderful boys in the world. Now my area of concern has expanded exponentially. I cannot be everywhere at once thus, I insist that my wife carry, not just for her protection, but for the protection of my children as well. She grew up in a relatively safe and caring environment, so she, like you has a hard time seeing why I require her to carry a heavy, cumbersome object like a handgun. She also respects me, so she complies. Fortunately, she has yet to have to fend off any of the increasing number of undesirables that are in our town. She has told me that there were several instances when she was glad that she had a gun available.
There is also the issue of the rising number of incidents involving groups of thugs violating lone individuals or couples. Being a large man is only a deterrent to the rational or the small statured. Numbers increase bravery, as do drugs. A knife in the hand of a criminal during a crime virtually guarantees that someone is going to be hurt or killed eventually. I know from personal experience that a gun trumps a knife, and decreases the disparity between a lone individual and a gang of thugs most effectively.
But there is a larger, more abstract reason to avoid places like Illinois; they do not respect your humanity. The Supreme Court has already ruled that the police are under no obligation to protect the individual, so logic dictates that the individual must take measures to protect him or herself. A government that was run by intelligent, sensible people would take measures to enable the individual to provide for personal protection. However, the opposite seems true. Instead of easing the path to self protection, the re are places where the police are under no obligation to protect you and laws to prevent you from protecting yourself. The irrefutable facts make it obvious that firearms in the hands of private citizens lower the rate of violent crime. The only exhaustive study on the subject, done by John Lott, provides those in government with all of the information needed to come to this conclusion. Studies to the contrary are either poorly executed or outright lies. EVERYONE who has looked seriously into the matter has come to the same conclusion; an armed citizen is the best deterrent to crime.
Yet, some places ignore the facts and continue with their dogmatic drive towards victim disarmament. From their actions, I can only come to one conclusion; they don't want citizens, they want subjects. They want the average individual to be completely dependent on their whim, and to be an unquestioning member of the herd. If a few of us are killed or maimed by the criminal element, it's a small price for the advantage of control. It sounds trite, but it rings true; an armed person is a citizen, an unarmed citizen is a subject.
Since I cannot change their minds, and since breaking their laws would force me to run the risk of losing my family, I do what I can. I deprive them of my commerce, my finances, and my presence in their sorry state. To venture into their realm is not living life to the fullest, it is submitting to the whim of a tyrant. I, for one, cannot enjoy myself when the oppressive weight of government prevents me from taking measures to insure the safety of myself and my family.