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I'm not saying that isn't a legitimate concern, we've all seen videos of innocent people being shot by police. Granted it isn't something that happens every day (far more police are shot and killed than civilians killed by cops, and likewise they take down multitudes of bad guys for every civilian shot) but it happens as much as those of us who work in and support law enforcement would rather it didn't.
The last time I checked, of course I didn't look too hard, but there is no nationwide statistics available for how many people are killed by law enforcement agencies. You have a count of how many died on duty.

However, this begs the question: if you can't trust the cops, who CAN you trust to defend you
I understand and accept as a society we delegated that role to an organization and that means as part of their job you gotta trust them. They get the public trust by default. Then it is upto them to keep that trust. I have no problem with an officer pulling me over and talking to me, or a cop on the street, etc. But I have seen, observed their behaviour changes dramatically when a thread (perceived or real) shows up. You can insult the President or Governor and get away with it, but you don't want to show any disrespect whatsoever to these guys.

No girl goes jogging thinking "Today is the day I'll be raped in the woods and left for dead", ... EVERY DAY. The way I see it we (every able-bodied citizen) not only have a responsibility but a duty to be prepared to protect ourselves and those around us.

So you are trying to justify that you are carrying the gun for the innocent girl and old couple? Sorry, you are not really going to be around to help them. As you alluded earlier there is no way of predicting when or where a crime is going to happen. So don't flip that logic to say everyone should carry a gun.
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