Precisely. In fact the example I used when talking to the OSHA speaker was about the National Guard being posted around airports post 9/11 with unloaded rifles. The average person felt safer with the presence of a uniformed person securing the premise that appeared to be armed.
"Every man alone is sincere; at the entrance of a second person hypocrisy begins." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
"People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use." - Soren Kierkegaard