I do agree that there are levels of danger in daily life but chosing to add danger is what i disagree with. You have risk driving to work but you reduce your danger by wearing a seat belt. You risk danger meeting someone new you reduce risk by being careful you increase risk by bringing a weapon.
end of the day we're not going to agree over this we're in very different environments but I for one will not recommend anyone to take a weapon to a game. What they do generally in their day-to-day life is up to them but the reason for this thread is for guidance and I feel "guiding" someone to carry a weapon is very irresponsible. Much better to recommend precausions like others have suggested, i.e regular check ins, meeting in a safe place, meeting in a well known place, neutral place etc.
Yes it's a dangerous world out there granted but adding more weapons will never fix that.
I mean come on say someone came on here next week having shot someone who they thought was going to hurt them (whether they were or not isn't my point) and they have to go to court etc. Would you really feel comfortable knowing that your advice has led them to carry a weapon? Or would you prefer to know that you advised everything possible for them to stay safe meeting someone new without having to be armed.
As a comparrison it's kinda like saying to a new school starter "best take your pistol, them little brats are trouble" for their first day of school as they don't know anyone and there are risks.
knife crime here in the UK is getting worse and then it builds by people taking this attitude of well if they're armed i'm gunna arm up so I can protect myself - it becomes a worse situation than the beginning....
anyway rant over
my opinion if it's that risky and you need a weapon, don't play, go to a gaming club or something like that. Do anything you can to relieve the risk that does not involve being armed or putting yourself at an increased level of danger than you are comfortable with.
but each to their own i guess