+ 1 Chemsoldier
I would rather have it and not need it than need it and not have it.
By OC it has sparked conversations about the laws in my area and feel I do my best to educate them to the best of my ability.
My kids see it, and are looking to get their own when of age. Daughter states she feels safer knowing my wife and I both carry, "it may take a police officer a little bit to get where we are. Until they get here you guys are here to protect us and anyone else around"
I carry every day despite my employere restrictions. Indiana has laws prohibiting employers from even asking about firearms if not visible. Again. I would rather have it and not need it than need it and not have it.
As things become more uncertain in the future with the economy, shrinking rights, more government involvement in our lives, I see more and more people becoming more desperate and doing more stupid things. In our area the police will no longer respond for minor burglary, harassment, vandalism, vehicle breakins, and the list goes on. For every one act they won't respond to it give the criminal element more courage to escalate it further as there are NO consequences, and THAT is exactly why I carry.
I OC as a visual deterrent. I never want to have to pull my firearm, and if seeing that I carry deters from a criminal act on my self, my family, or thoes around me. Then it did it's job without ever using.