That's the other reason I don't want to concealed carry- fishing for the gun when it's necessary immediately. I carry a huge Army medic's bag as a purse, and it's usually filled with books. On my person- there's no good place to conceal. Also, rather than having the criminal debate whether or not I'm carrying, I want to make sure he knows that I'm carrying. I'm also an excellent shot, and try to practice at least once a month (the fourth cylinder I ever fired was 9 headshots out of 9- my boyfriend play-sulks that I'm a better shot than he is, even though he's former military and practices almost every week).
And I have to admit, this all becomes completely theoretical if I visit a friend, in, say, the bad part of Richmond. Whether they're comfortable or not, my gun will go wherever I do, because there's a very real risk of being assaulted from or to my car. In a bad neighborhood, I'd wait until I got into my friend's house, unstrap, unload if they wanted, and leave the thing in a safe place near their door if they were uncomfortable with it. Then I'd reload and restrap before setting foot outside their house. Then again, I can't think of anyone living in such a high crime neighborhood objecting to my desire to be armed as I walked to my car. My sweetheart is friends with a girl who was mugged four times just walking through a parking lot in that area.