This is Mrs. Mule's concern. She's Canadian, from Montreal, so being married to a firearm owner and unabashed hick hayseed trucker from rural Oregon has been somewhat of a revelation. Have you had anyone express this concern to you? When I took my CCW class I related this conversation to my instructor. He said his wife had had the same worry and his response was the same as mine; that carrying a firearm lessens the likelihood he will escalate a confrontation because the repercussions are so much more serious. My carrying has much more to do with the bad actor intent on murder and mayhem from the get-go than it does the typical chest-thumping testosterone jockey looking for generic ego-boosting altercations. And of course the third reason, social unrest of a wider sort with political and economic causes. Was anyone in your life expressing these kinds of concerns, that carrying made it more likely you'd press the issue and escalate in a chest-bumping confrontation rather than walk away? Wanna kill these ads? We can help!