I can understand this completely,
when I walk my property I keep my m16 with me, even if I have my dogs. Do you have experience with coyotes? We also have bear and bobcat around frequently.
and a laser on a compact handgun is very handy, especially during quick fire situation, like being stalked by a pack of coyotes.
can tell from your comment here you have no experience with this situation. so maybe you don't need to share and ignorant opinion. Not calling you ignorant in general, just that what he state here is actually a pretty rational statement, and only someone who has no experience would think it isn't.