Yes I do carry and I would /and have defended myself before.
Even in Vt where it's relatively safe 99% of the time, lots of drug dealers have moved into the area and the incidence's of firearms offenses and assaults are on the increase, with lots of stabbings in the Rutland and Burlington areas the last couple years. There's even been a upsurge in home invasions also,,so do I carry,,,,Hell Ya. You betcha ,,,,,24/7,,,
I'm to bunged up to do otherwise nowadays, I just wouldn't be able to physically defend myself in any meaningful way otherwise sense my fall. I won't become a victim without a fight.
And I'm going to try to get into either the Mass. Firearms Institute or the Central Mass. Firearms Academy to obtain a carry permit that's good in 31 states ,,as soon as an opening is available. Which is very tough to get into either , sense they offer advanced training and certifications to , law enforcement, swat teams , Blackwater personal, and some special forces units, so it's hard for a regular guy like myself to get in. There booked solid months in advance normally and they cater mostly to LEO's and swat teams. They both offer many different levels of training from very basic to advanced courses. All the courses I'd want to take would eat up the better part of a week and end up costing quite a bit, but I'm defiantly interested.
It's been years sense I've had any formal training and I think it's damn well time I get back up to speed with some current training. I'm sure I could handle most any situation but more training sure wouldn't hurt anything sense tactics and laws have changed so much lately. I get real nervous carrying a bunch of cash around now in non-gun friendly states which I often do so a permit would help ease my mind some. I'm always picking up this gun or car part when I'm out and about and we all know cash is king when comes to doing business.