Not explicitly, but your argument does make assumptions.In the deterrent section there are several assumptions that are made, though you do address some of them later on. This assumes that OC is a direct thus greater deterrent than CC. What if the criminal wants to steal a gun? I know you address this later on, but you admit OC could be an attractant. You state there is no evidence to believe this happens, but there is no evidence that CC is any less a deterrent than OC other than it is your feeling that it is. It also wouldn’t be too much of a stretch for a criminal to think someone OC has a BUG which ironically is CC and could also be an additional deterrent. Again, the assumption made is that CC is a slower draw than OC and that the OC deterrent was effective. That is very subjective and dependent upon the skill of the victim, clothes worn, gun type, and holster type. OC holsters usually have snaps then there can be clothes like jackets and shirts etc that can be a problem to deal with just as much as CC. Then again pocket carry does not have any of those issues usually (just dont put your wallet with your gun). CC guns tend to be smaller shorter and OC guns tend to be larger and heavier. You really can’t say one is faster than the other as you implied. CC or OC doesnt matter as criminals usually have already drawn once they decide to attack. With OC the jig is up. If the deterrent didnt work are you better or worse off if the criminal has the draw on you? You said you dont assume that violent criminals are cowards, avoid fights, or are completly rational then why do you assume OC changes the risk so that it outweighs the gain in the criminal's mind? You offer self preservation as a reason but many violent criminals dont care about that either as we see on the news all the time. The point or crux of your arguement was the benifits of OC (deterrence) vs the alleged benifits of CC (surprise). If your environment is a safe suburban/rural Home Depot then what benifit does OC vs CC have if there is nothing to deter? What are the merits of OC if it can not be used in a criminally dangerous environment? It's not that OC go places different than CC, its that CC can go anywhere and OC can't becuse it would be a target which is what you orginally said doesn't happen. The reason why OC dont have thier guns stolen from them is that they avoid high crime areas to begin with. Essentially, as the criminal environment threat level (areas of high criminal activity) goes up the practicality of OC goes down. Therefore OC does not deter in all environments where, concealed is concealed no matter where you go. Not anymore, but I did live in several for a while and if you OC you are asking for trouble. The night I moved out of the house, burgars broke in. you are always being watched. I agree the surprise element is overexagerated for CC, but the merts of CC lie in the fact that you blend in and the criminal does not know from where or who will defend. IMO I dont thinl it is the lifelong criminal that is most dangerous, but the hopped up druggie or drunk. No pain and no reasoning is a bad and no matter how you carry they dont care. Like you said do what is comfortable for you and use your best judgement. In the end it will be situational awareness and practice that will matter more than how you carry.