I'm a firm believer that every able bodied man should be a commissioned officer of the local department. This does several things for you , it allows you to carry your side arm in ALL 50 states (except DC) , you WILL be treated differantly than the average citizen with a CWP if (god forbid) you do have to shoot sombody , you will likely be required to ride at least one shift a month though but this allows you to get better framiliar with your area and its people.
I carry everywhere that the law says an off duty officer is allowed , my kids soccer games , the mall , church , the gym , everywhere and people never understand why a 6'3" 280lb man that is a competive power lifter and will be competeing in body building this year and is also a martial arts instructor carries a gun , its simple "Never bring a knife to a gun fight !!".
When my wife and I first started dating , it scared her that i carried a gun and she thought I was nuts for insisting on things like where we sit in a restraunt and what direction I face , that I constantly analize my surrounding and what and who is going on around me , after a little while of explaining that I wasen't looking for trouble but looking to avoid it and her watching the steady decline of socitey around us she now relizes that what i'm doing is completely understandable and doesen't know why everybody doesn't think about it. We go to dinner with some of her coworkers at least once a week and when we first started this they asked her "why does he go to the restroom every time we go in someplace" my answer would have been to wash my hands but she explained that I make a qucik pass through the restraunt and evaluate the layout , they thought I was crazy and after running a few situations by them they now fully understand why and three of them are now lifetime NRA members and registered carriers , all of them have asked me for some basic self defense training.
If you have the right to carry a gun you had better be damn sure that you will use it if its called upon , in most cases simply drawing down on sombody will bring the situation into your control but the instant you relize that your attacker is not either going to run away or submit you better have the mental focus to shoot , if you have to think about it your chances of survival have gone down dramaticaly !!! You must also remember that if your packing that makes every confrontation you get into an armed one weather its bitching out the buggy boy at the market for hitting your car with a shopping cart or some crazed jack off thats mad you diden't use your blinker and has now followed you to a parking lot looking for a fight.
At the same time you must relize that the public isin't going to look at you as protecting your life but as sombody that just killed another human and after the media gets involved its gonna get worse , its going to be very hard for you defend yourself in court against a lawyer thats hell bent on making you look like a cold blooded killer , their will be a spin put on the events that make the road raged butt hole look like a lamb that you ran down and slaughtered even though he followed you !!. here is another damn go reason to be a commisioned officer , as you will be looked at in a totaly differant light than the average joe.
some of you will likely look at me now as sombody thats looking for trouble and thats fine because you just don't understand. I have gotten into WAY to many phyiscal confrontations and thats because the instant that i think a situation can get physical , I make sure that its gonna end up going my way. I don't go around looking for trouble but rather watching for it , I will avoid it if at all possible but I will not turn my back on an aggressor and they are looking for a fight i'm willing to give them more than they can stand and thats my god given right as well as my legal right to protect myself.