I'm sorry to hear how bad things are getting there. I can understand wanting to leave it all behind; one of the reasons I go hiking is so I can get away from the car and cell phone. I can't imagine wanting to leave behind the place I live.

"Gun control" is a touchy issue, though. I've lived in a rural area where guns are associated with food, safety, discipline, skill, and sport; I've also lived in a large urban area where guns are associated with crime, violent movies, violent video games, and children at home playing with Daddy's loaded gun in the sock drawer. The attitudes are remarkably different, and you really have to swallow your pride to listen to arguements from both sides seriously. A city person's idea of how guns should be treated is 180 degrees different than someone who grew up practically in the woods. The same laws won't work for both.