These forums have effectively convinced me that unless you're really dedicated to the level of training it takes to use a gun (or anything else) in a crisis scenario, there's no point in carrying one.
While generally a good argument, in practice_ we know that there are hundreds of documented uses of firearms in self defense by average individuals without any more specialized training, as there should be.
A person _ legally carrying a gun…will really never know how he will react in the face of impending violence. Obviously some will use it …some will not…
Yet, for many people, who have obtained a license to carry…and in fact do carry [many do not] _this provides 'peace of mind' in the gravest extreme, where for example, the lives of his loved ones [wife children' may be at stake.
What is important to remember is that just the fact that almost all States today grant permits to carry, and some people are indeed armed 24/7…has the effect of also protecting antigun people…here is the reason
But the murder rate has fallen precipitously since the federal ban on assault weapons expired in 2004, and this was also a period in which millions of Americans began to carry their guns in public.
As Jeffrey Goldberg points out in The Atlantic, it may no longer be rational to hope that we can solve the problem of gun violence by restricting access to guns—because guns are everywhere, and the only people who will be deterred by stricter laws are precisely those law-abiding citizens who should be able to possess guns for their own protection and who now constitute one of the primary deterrents to violent crime.