ComabatMissionary, I find that when I am carrying I am far more conscious of my demeanor and conduct than when I am not carrying. When I'm carrying, the *last* thing I want to do is to instigate a confrontation stemming from some thoughtless act or comment on my part that might be construed as offensive by another. Being armed makes you keenly aware that you are indeed responsible for your words and actions. Perhaps not coincidentally, this heightened awareness of one's own actions in relation to others is a necessary precondition to engaged citizenship. Would that everyone (even J.74) have the opportunity to experience it.