When you think of those who you would like to see carry, do you also think of those who you don't think should carry?
This is my tale of two mothers. One fire and the other ice.
My mother was a strong, out going woman. Full of self opinion and at times anger. If someone "flipped" her off...she would follow and "chew them up". When Dad died she started carrying his derringer in her purse. No matter what we tried to tell her about a better defensive gun and training and rules of when to use it. She was a hard head (did I mention you could bounce rocks off her head and she wouldn't notice?) and just "poo pooed" us off.
I constantly worried about what "trouble" she could get into either with or without the derringer. She died last year and as luck would have it....she didn't get beaten, shot, stabbed and I doubt if anyone cussed her out for long. I would not have encouraged this brassy, outspoken "I don't take crap from no body" woman to carry a weapon. Too much of a loose cannon. (Now don't get me wrong...she was a good and sweet woman....most the time, but do what she considered a "slight" to her...Katy Bar The Door.) One mother.
Now we come to my Mother In Law. Quite, timid and not one who wants to go anywhere . (She does have a passive/aggressive side that shows occasionally, but usually only to hubby.) She can be a perfect Travel Agent for a Guilt Trip. She is still with us.
A few years ago she was thinking about getting a weapon because of all the crime around her she reads (and reads and reads) about. We thought about it and I for one tried to discourage it. Now I will tell you why.
She is the "stereo type" who would be sitting up in bed with the gun in her hand and NOT SHOOT the BG. They wouldn't have to take it from her....she would end up giving it to them and begging for them not to hurt her. I really believe that no matter how much conditioning and training we tried with her....she would still not shoot a BG. Too much of a shrinking violet. The other mother.
I am a woman who has been around weapons all my life. My husband has directed me to the right things to read and it is a regular part of our discussions....tactics....intent....cause....out come.... what to do if things go wrong...what to do IF it happens. Because of my career I am hyper aware of things around me. I have the ability of quick assessment of a situation. Two qualities that kept me alive during my time in a dangerous Metro ghetto.
I put lot of thought into where I go and how I carry for quick access. I know to let a "flip off" pass and don't even send the one finger salute back. I don't leave safety if I have any hint of a threat....either car or store or home.
There ARE people who can't handle this responsibility...both men and women...young and old. My advice is not to encourage someone to carry if you don't know how they might react. IMO My daughter knows how to shoot and we take her target shooting on occasion, but I don't encourage her to get one, because on her days off she likes to drink...to excess (occasionally) and then has a quick temper (takes after her grandma on the temper). She needs a few more years of learning control of both drinking and temper.
This is my take. What is yours.