Being armed with lethal force is always a personal decision.
However, if you fall into one of these groups and don’t exercise this right, it may be wise to carefully re-consider. Some may call it paranoia; others call it street smarts. I’m in camp #2.
Here are 10 people who can’t afford not to carry:
10. People who have already been victims of violent crime
Attackers don’t choose victims at random. In fact, we know that perpetrators can perceive nonverbal ‘signs’ of vulnerability better than the rest of us can. On top of that, people who have been abused, mugged, raped, or assaulted in the past are more likely to give off these nonverbal cues and be targeted again.
Tip: If you are concerned about appearing vulnerable, here is one useful resource that describes what potential attackers look for when choosing victims.
9. People who care for valuables or carry a lot of cash
Jewelry shop owners, antique traders, and people who often carry a lot of cash should strongly consider carrying a weapon. Although robbers aren’t out to kill you, they will harm you if they think the reward is worth it.