So here you are... seeing patients in your office one day, NOT in a big town, or a particularly violent town... and your daughter calls and says "Dad, are you OK?"
She's an ER nurse and has heard on the scanner that an active shooter is in the building, taking out physicians, patients and visitors. That's the first you've heard of it. No one knows where he is, only that 2 are dead and some more are dying.
Later find out that the guy was a loon and when he was done killing as many folks as he felt like, he shot himself.
Another day, you're asked to see a patient on a disability claim. You evaluate the person and in your honest opinion, he's malingering. He doesn't like your diagnosis and threatens to kill you and your office assistant.
You're a nurse, and your heroin addict patient has an abscess the size of a pie plate on his butt from popping with dirty needles. He threatens to have you killed because you won't give him the opiates he wants when he wants them... and you know that his supplier is making "house calls" on the hospital unit and his colleagues are making regular visits. Plus he goes missing from his room for long periods of time. (And that's just one example of many encounters with druggies... they are legion.)
You're a faculty member and a student's violent ex-husband has threatened to take her out at school with all her friends. (And your office is down a blind corridor with no easy exit.)
Would you carry concealed? Would you be living in fear if you made the decision to do so?
Honest... we are just average people. These are just the experiences within our family within... oh, maybe the last 5 years or so. Just the ones I can think of off of the top of my head. Doesn't count the friends who have had close encounters.
Am I a paranoid loon if I make the decision to carry concealed?