At the Hartford Courant, John C. Hall describes what he felt when packing heat, which may be best described as “the cycle of politeness.” Here’s a bit:
Then I wondered: How many other people have guns? Probably a lot. With guns in my world, and especially when I was holding a loaded gun in my hands, my imagination quickly inhabited a world that was scarier, more criminal and more violent. So while holding a gun is rather thrilling at first, over time, guns did not make me feel safer.