I think it is relevant to talk about guns on a hiking forum. I could compare it to tents, or hammocks. Some people think they are absolutely necessary, others think there are better alternatives. What I like about this forum is that there are many people (including yourself) who are able to intelligently, and civilly, convey their opinions one way or the other. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/laugh.gif" alt="" />
As for me, I don't carry right now. I just can't afford one, so I carry my can of bear spray. If I bring it, it is on my belt, ready to go.
I've taken a vow of poverty. To annoy me, send money.