It was a beautiful day today so I went to Walmart and bought a few groceries. While I was there I saw a young woman wearing a holster with a Colt 45 ACP model 1911 in it. It was obvious by the way she was dressed and the kids with her that she wasn't in law enforcement, she appeared to be just an ordinary civilian carrying a gun.
The only thing odd to me about this is that she was carrying the handgun exposed, and she was the first person I've seen in Texas wearing a gun on there hip. Now I've seen a few people carrying concealed, because often if they don't have the right kind of holster the gun will "print" on the shirt that's covering it or you can see it "print" in their back pocket. But most people like myself prefer to carry concealed.
Now I can understand why she was carrying her handgun in what some states refer to as "conspicuous display", because she was kind of small and there was probably no way to conceal a large frame 45 automatic anywhere it couldn't be seen. And maybe she felt having it highly visible would act as a deterrent, which is true in most cases but not all.
To me there are three major reasons not to carry your weapon exposed and why I've always carried concealed. The first reason, and the least dangerous reason, is that it invites a visit from any passing cop. Yes your legal, but he can still check you out and make your day a little more stressful. Another reason, and this is more serious, is it tells every criminal in the area that you have a gun that can be stolen and all he has to do is sneak up behind you, overpower you, and suddenly he's got a gun and you don't. This has been a problem for policeman for many years so some of them use holsters that kind of lock the gun in place until you make a special movement to draw it. The last reason, and maybe the most dangerous is, if you're in a place where a criminal is about to commit an armed robbery he can see your armed but you don't know that he's armed until its to late. So he can disarm you, or worse, just shoot you on the spot so you're no longer a threat to his plans.
Now I know all this sounds like you should hide under your bed wrapped in a blanket and never go outside again but the fact is I've had a concealed carry permit for over 30 years and have never pulled my gun out or seen any reason why I should even think about drawing it. So other than living in certain dangerous parts of the country, as a rule of thumb, if you stay away from drug people, stay out of biker bars at 2 o'clock in the morning, and don't forget your wife's birthday, your chances of getting shot are pretty small.