Why should someone carry a concealed weapon as opposed to having it in a side holster?
Plain and simply, guns tend to concern people when in sight. How do we know that the person with a conspicuous pistol is actually proficient with it? How do we know if they are mentally capable of handling it? We don’t know what their reaction may be if there is a situation that might entail the use of deadly force.
For me, the only choice is to carry discreetly. I appear to be no threat to the guy that’s walking in to rob the convenience store as I’m waiting in line. The person standing in front of me in line that has a pistol strapped to their side will be a threat, so chances are a would-be robber would take that into account and subdue him, to be assured that he is no longer a threat. Would I be the one to play hero? Absolutely not! Better to be a good witness, noting any details you can, i,e., tattoos, scars, coloring of eyes, hair, skin. And as he/she runs out the door, noting that size chart that runs along the door to determine height.
Now, if there is a potential threat to life, that’s a different story. I would do all in my power to save myself and fellow human beings. But, if it’s a robbery where the perpetrator gets the cash and runs, I’m taking mental notes and calling 911. This is how the police prefer a situation be handled by a civilian. Be a good witness! Follow your gut feeling and assess the situation. Without thinking the situation through, you could be the one taking the life of an innocent bystander. Care for your fellow man, and do the right thing. We all deserve a chance at a good life, and it starts with being good to each other.