Often enough, when people talk to me about carrying a gun, many of them think its acceptable, but don't see any reason why they or I should carry.
Living in South Dakota, surrounded by generally good midwest people, having a gun around for self-defense seems unnecessary to most.
Its true, if you avoid dark alleys and certain parts of town at night, you're generally safe.
But things are changing. This week, in my town a man walked into a Fryn' Pan restaurant armed and began an 8 hour standoff with the SWAT team. News story here. Fortunately, he ordered everyone out of the restaurant, and no one was injured.
However, my fiance, my parents, and I have been to that restaurant a couple times in the last year, and we easily could have been in that situation, and what if he had been more careless with others' lives?
In addition, there's been a couple shootings where someone has died this year in my town, and I know several people whose homes have been burglarized.
Me? I feel safe most of the time. If I could know for certain when, where, and how I'd be in danger, I'd just never go there. Since that is an impossibility, I exercise my right to legally and responsibly carry a gun. I have a permit, I've received instruction, I train often, and I am religious about safety.
As for the Fryn' Pan......lets hope they still keep making those really good sweet rolls......