Wow. That seems so crazy to me. I mean, lots of people have hunting rifles where I live, I've never met anyone who carries a weapon for self-defence purposes (no one who admits to carrying one, anyway). I don't think I've ever even seen a pistol IRL, except maybe on a police officer. And I'm pretty sure in Canada that cops have to write a detailed report every time they so much as unholster their weapon.
No offence, but that kind of makes me scared of going to the USA. I guess I'd get used to it, if I lived there. Sorry to derail your thread, I was just taken aback by how casual you were discussing getting a concealed weapon.
In the United States there are typically 10,000 or so firearms related deaths per year. That's accidents, murder, suicide, and self-defense. There are 30,000+ traffic collision deaths per year. So in America you are 3 times more likely to be killed by a car than a gun.
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