Originally Posted by glock2740
I see from several posts, that apparently there are "safe zones" all across America. I must have missed these boundry lines. How are they marked? As we ALL know that there's NEVER ANY crime that takes place in these areas. Maybe they could issue a map? And does someone educate the criminals of these areas and notify them that they are "off limits"? That's nice to know. I wonder if my home is in one of these so-called "safe areas"? Obviously not all homes are, as I hear through the grapevine that some homes are burglarized and sometimes these burglars even beat up, rape and kill the people who live there, then even steal their belongings. I guess that these homes are in the "unsafe zones". Too bad for those people. Tough luck that they happened to live in these unsafe areas. Maybe they should have done their homework better. Also, these public "safe zones", surely are clearly marked as well? Are there certain days that the bad guys are off in the "unsafe zones"? It sure would be very nice of them if they would let us know all the hours of their criminal activity. Just knowing that these "safe zones" exist makes me feel oh so much better now. I'm glad we can share this very valuable information amongst eachother. Have a happy day in those safe zones and be sure to stay out of the unsafe areas.
The above statements demonstrate your inability, or unwillingness, to understand the position I've tried to explain as my approach to risk evaluation. But thats ok, because your understanding, or lack thereof, matters not to me. I'm just participating in a friendly discussion about the OP's query.
I fully realize that some folks face real danger every day from people who may do them harm. If I was a prosecuting attorney, a law enforcement officer or a judge, I would carry all the time. If I had a relative, a neighbor, a drug dealer or anybody who was making threats or was clearly after my hide, I'd always want a gun within reach. If I lived in or near a moderate or high-crime area, carrying all the time would be necessary. Living in a rural area, far from law enforcement, might be good reason, too.
Many people who don't face discernible risks similar to the above carry all the time anyway because of other motivators. I'm thinkin' some do it in order to feel powerful. Some may do it because it fulfills some missing aspect of their identity or it boosts their self image. Others do it to demonstrate their commitment to protect loved ones, even though it isn't necessary. Some simply love guns while others want to project a 'bad ass' image. Obviously there are many other reasons not justified by real danger (risk), including a robust imagination.
While many people play the self-defense game based on imperceptible risk, they ignore real, deadly risks to themselves and loved ones presented in everyday life. Consider the following:
1. Use of tobacco in all forms.
2. Excessive consumption of alcohol.
3. Being overweight.
4. Texting and sending/receiving calls while operating a vehicle.
5. Driving after consuming alcohol.
6. Operating a motorcycle.
7. Not getting periodic physical examinations.
8. Not getting colonoscopies as recommended.
9. Ignoring signs of health issues.
10. Not monitoring blood pressure.
Each high risk behavior in this short list is far more likely to kill than an assault in the streets or in one's home. Yet many among us ignore them while fixating every day over self defense weapons and tactics.
I'm just offering my humble opinion to stand along side glock2740's scholarly (or is it sarcastic?) point of view. As you can see, his view of the world is a bit different than mine.