I think the brandishing word is worth speaking about because that is a treat....percieved
or real, either way a threat. Not something you should be doing without expecting
repercussion. Therefore, I believe that if you need to exercise your power by a mere
showing of what you are carrying, perhaps you should not carry.
Rather, go for blood if you pull your piece. Knowing full well those consequences. YMMV
This is why I say it's a catch-22. Carrying a firearm says in no uncertain terms, "I am prepared to kill someone." I understand the need to defend yourself. I was mugged once when living in Brooklyn by a couple teenagers who pushed me from behind and tried (tried) to steal my iPhone. For the past two years before that I had been taking boxing lessons to try to get into shape. They found out that I have a rather mean right hook. I didn't need a gun. My personal
belief, as a father, husband, PCUSA deacon, homebrewer, etc, is that carrying, concealed or otherwise, is a pointless show of machismo. You're carrying that gun and it was built with the specific intent to kill. Not wound, not graze, not anything else, just kill. You do not need it.
I understand wanting to protect your family, and to feel like you can provide assistance if needed. But, #1, if you're in public, just call the cops, don't try to be John Wayne. If you can help without a gun, by all means, do it, but adding a firearm to that equation will just make things worse. #2, You want to protect your family, get a taser, or pepper spray, or something that won't kill someone whose circumstances you don't necessarily understand, and leave you with emotional scars that will last a lifetime.
Ok, I'm done with my soapbox, it's here if someone else wants to use it.