Originally Posted by tyc
Although I live in what could be considered a rural area, it is in the cities and towns (and of all places, churches!) where most of the criminal offenses take place - for the most part against a clearly and mistakenly unarmed population, a population which presumes that when they're in trouble the cops will be right there to help. With that said I offer that there is a quotation used, I think by one of the members of this particular web site, which goes something like ... "When seconds count, the cops are only minutes away."
Without question I fully agree you're entitled to your opinion but I for one do not consider it to be the mark of one who is not a gentleman or not a lady when the individual has a gun and carries it in plain sight.
Well, if security is a problem and OC will help somehow, then why not? On the other hand, if the criminal does not know you have a gun you are in a much better position to defend yourself. If a criminal or nut knows you have a revolver on your hip he might grab it from you when you are not looking. Such an embarassment to be mugged with your own handgun! I'd much rather be a concealed carry gentleman than let some nutjob know who he can get a gun from.