Women & Men - Different Ideas Behind Carry
A few observations regarding differences in ideology between men and women who carry.
When men carry, they often have an elaborate ideology regarding why they carry. Often is not because of a specific threat but because of the aforementioned ideology of citizenship and freedom. When asked, they might throw in Thomas Jefferson quotes or bring you up to speed on Heller.
I have met many women who carry but few who have an ideology attached to it. They carry because they have to walk a parking ramp after their second shift job (for example) and they are scared to death when they do it. Having the pistol makes them feel safer. They don't care to talk about carrying, do not quote Jefferson, and neither know nor care what a "Heller" is.
As I see it men carry due to ideology and women carry due to felt need.