I live in the same state, and have had my CHP since 2001. I have recently started OC a few months ago after coming across this site, and have found I actually prefer that over CC. I admit, I was nervous at first, but after a few times out, I realized I don't get much attention. As for your concerns regarding OC making you a target, well, that's one of those fears that has no statistical evidence to support it. I liken it to the irrational fears the anti-gunners have regarding law abiding citizens carrying concealed in the first place. You know, the ones about blood running down the street, every street corner will become O.K. Corral, folks shooting each other over parking spaces, etc. Another comparison would be the folks that argue seatbelt use on the chance they could be trapped in the car after the wreck and die as a result. Sorry, but the numbers just don't add up.
Regarding your comment as to how you would think if you were a criminal, well, you can't think like them if you aren't one. Here's an interesting thread you should read regarding how the criminal mind works. http://forum.opencarry.org/forums/sh...urday-about-OC.
The problem I have with CC is just that... It's hidden, and I look just like anybody else. Personally, I'd rather not look like an easy target for a criminal, because once he has me in his sights, my chances of drawing from concealment and shooting him before he shoots me is really low. I feel that a criminal may see me armed, and being the lazy coward criminals tend to be, he'll just decide the risk doesn't outweigh the possible reward, and will move on to someone else. Fact is, many criminals don't want a challenge. They want their robberies or muggings to be quick, and relatively easy, and if they know 100% for sure their intended victim is armed, the chances of a quick and easy score goes down dramatically, so they just decide to find someone who doesn't appear armed.
I don't knock CC at all, and actually do this whenever I feel it's warranted, however, I prefer to OC whenever I'm allowed by law. To each their own. Just carry a gun.