....."why in the world would you even consider carrying a concealed weapon just because the law says you can?......"
I don't believe anyone should get a CCW permit "just because the law says you can" anymore than I believe you should get a drivers license just because the law says you can. You get a drivers license because you want to drive. Personally, I got a CCW permit because I wanted to be able to protect myself and family in that way if ever needed. Here in Oklahoma - CCW laws have been great and my hope is that one day all states will have good CCW laws.