As a retired law enforcemt officer I carry. I am retired only because of a work related injury and was let go because of that. Due to my injury I carry because I am no longer able to engage in hands of combat. We had a saying in the academy that you never pick a fight with an old man because he will probably kill you. The gun is now my equalizer and it is for personal and family protection against not only the unsavory but for protection from unfriendly animals as well as I cannot run away from an encounter due to having a total knee replacement. there are as many reasons to carry as there are individuals carrying them. Be safe.