i have heard OCers state, that when they OC it goes unnoticed by a lot out in public. what if it goes unnoticed by the criminal? or your child or wife is blocking view of your gun? he comes up point his gun or knife at you THEN notices you have it. he will probably not take his eyes off you at this point. he may not let you make a single move. he may freak and shoot you. if you CC he wont take much notice to you at first. you apprear to be unarmed. it may give you that moment where he looks around quick to see who is looking. thats just enough time to draw and present, or "react" and catch them by surprise. this is assuming you would react the same if you were OCing as well. i dont want to be accused of being a mass murder again. my point is i dont want to bank on my chances of my gun being the deterant because he/she MIGHT see my gun."Harder" is a relative term.
Not knowing who is carrying is harder for the criminal than knowing all are unarmed, yes. No one can dispute this.
What you are ignoring is that knowing a certain individual is armed is harder for the criminal to pick that person out of a crowd of only potentially armed victims.
A person is safer if there are known to be armed people around him.
The visibly armed person is the safest, however.
this is a tad off this guys topic, but a lot will go from OC to CC if they know they will be in large crowds. let me ask this. if you are OCing knowing it wont be crowded, what if you are out later then expected and it becomes crowded? ive had that happen going on shooping sprees with the wife. granted in CCing. but what if you get caught in that situation? and why switch? why not keep it consistant?