I would like the opportunity to respond to the common expression of (gun carrier = walking around in fear)
I do not have that fear being described. If I see clouds in the sky, I take the precaution of carrying an umbrella. Often times, it doesn't rain and the umbrella remains dry. I'm not afraid of the cloud, I'm not afraid of water or getting wet.
I do not plan on being in a car accident today (or ever,) but not IF, rather WHEN the car accident will happen in my next 40 years, I am comforted that I have airbags and safety features in the car, as well as car insurance.
It's a matter of perceiving a potential for risk, and mitigating the risk - by doing something about it.
Many people that walk around with "ignorance is bliss" and "can't happen to me" attitudes, are risk assessment optimists.
I prefer to believe that "chance favors the prepared mind"
And then there is Murphy's Law which always mocks us with irony. My friend is a Woman-Cop in San Francisco, a heavily regulated strictest gun control city in the nation. That is strict laws for law abiding citizens only.
When she is on-duty she is required to carry. When she is off-duty, it's optional. She often carries in her purse when she goes dancing with the girls on Friday night. She swears that the only 2 times in 10 years as a cop, when she didn't carry her firearm off-duty, that is when all hell broke loose at a dance club and another time at a beach bar. Both times she was unable to protect the innocent, because there is one Bruce Lee, and we're not him.
It's not paranoia, it's Murphy's Law, we've all experienced it.
PS: Lynn, it's not stored loaded under the pillow. There is very good affordable technology on the market for a shoebox sized safe, that opens with your biometric fingerprints as the password. Quick to open, open only for authorized persons, small enough to be near the bed, and reasonably priced.