"But all of this skirts the initial question. Why do you carry a handgun?"
· "Have you personally ever been threatened with violence?"
Yes, more than once, and each time I pulled the pistol, they suddenly had somewhere else to be.
· "Are you the victim of a violent attack?"
Yes, twice since becoming an adult, and neither time was I able to carry as it was during the no-carry time.
· "Do you carry simply because it makes you feel macho?"
Feel macho? No. Safe, yes. Secure, yes. Empowered, yes.
· "Do you doubt the ability of police to protect you from crime?
Yes, I felt that way before I found out that SCOTUS determined the police do NOT have any obligation to protect an individual.
· "If you carry openly, do you use a simple belt holster or wear your pistol in a tactical thigh rig?"
I cannot carry open in my home state at this time.
· "Do you make it a point to show people you carry a firearm, or do you feel it is none of their business if you are armed?"
Actually, when I was a bail enforcement agent, I made darn sure my clients knew I was armed at all times, and on more than one occassion I had the pistol in my hand in my lap during the interview, and on several occassions, I had the pistol on the table top with my hand on it. I also opened the door (solid core steel door, locked at all times) with my pistol in hand and made sure the client knew it was condition 1.
· "Do you believe there should be no restrictions, few restrictions (i.e. jails, mental facilities, courtrooms, public buildings, public schools and/or hospitals) or widespread restrictions (including sports stadiums, taverns and cocktail lounges, restaurants, public parks) on where you can legally carry?
I believe there should be no restrictions on carrying. It isn't the LACs that are the problem, it is the criminals/felons who are carrying concealed that are the problem.