That's a shame.
I don't want to involve that beloved forum in this worldwide debate but I wanted to share me displeasure by reading this post.
Having a gun while hiking in a wild environment has no relation with carrying a gun in a populated place.
So, this is it, you'd prefer to kill rather than be robbed ? To KILL ? To threaten with a GUN ? For a CAMERA !?
I just can't believe what I'm reading.... By carrying that gun you assume that you're ready to kill someone and you're comfortable with that idea ?
America has earned a bad reputation around the world and, as i can read it, it won't change anytime soon...
Reputation is based on petty crime, you know it. Whenever a politician discuss (abroad) about personal guns, you can be sure that the USA are going to be mentioned and it is never in a positive way... Remember Trayvon Martin ? I know (hope) it's been a trauma for you but that's the best exemple of stereotype that travel all around the world and that people retain for a lifetime....
All of you, fighting for being allowed to carry a death-instrument to "defend" yourselves are responsible of that stereotype.
There are illegal guns everywhere. But when everyone has his own...how can you imagine it's a better situation....?
I know this a very tricky debate 'cause we (most foreigners) have a completely opposite culture than you. But i consider that statistics are clear...