As one (western, anyway) state after another now revisits "permitting" "citizens" to carry openly, those same discredited predictions are getting dusted off for a new generation. With an added dollop of "it's just ... so ... SCARY ..."
“Simply seeing someone carrying a handgun, rifle or shotgun can cause fear among the unarmed,” McEntee asserts as an unqualified universal truism. “If I were to see someone with a .45 strapped to his hip, I’d have no idea who that person is and what his intentions are and would get out of there quick.”Well, of course that's your choice, Ma'am. I don't see anybody stopping you.
Or you could consider taking a deep, cleansing breath and visiting places where such things aren't so rare as to evoke panic on sight. Just to see if there really is anything to get worked up over before you start trying to pass laws telling other people what they can and can't carry on their belts. Context is important, when making important decisions. Even when you plan to make them for other people who haven't asked for the help.
Or, finally, you can do what you clearly intend: succumb to fear, and start trying to intimidate the people who frighten you - using the cops, of course, because you'd never dream of being so unmutual as to do it yourself.