I have carried most of my life. Some of that time was before Concealed Carry Permits. Being that I worked in remote areas in retail I always had a feeling I would rather be in jail for illegally carrying a gun instead of being in a coffin. I now live in a very rural area and 15 minutes away from the nearest law enforcement.
I have reasons for watching over my shoulder and consider carrying a weapon as being a prudent thing to do.