Do you want to carry a gun?

No. 65% 212 votes
Yes, it would make me feel more secure and happy. 20% 66 votes
Sometimes, but I don't think I should. 5% 19 votes
Already do. 8% 29 votes
326 total votes


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After Open-carrying for over 13 years and no negative incidents, I feel confident that I will have another 13 and many more years without incident.

dou4now (anonymous profile)
July 11, 2013 at 4:35 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Well, if you actually live in SB, I guess you've just admitted to being a LEO - otherwise I don't see how you could openly carry a firearm for 13 years around here without getting into some sort of trouble over it.

spiritwalker (anonymous profile)
July 11, 2013 at 4:59 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I don't know if it is still true or not but when I used to live in AZ anyone could open carry. They may of had to pass a safety class but I don't remember any thing about that. You might be surprised how many people I saw wear holsters strapped down fill by their Six Guns. Only place I remember them not allowed was inside some casinos just across the river.
I saw Sheriff Arpiao once flying around a convention of Dr. and Dentist sponsored Bikers Run In Laughlin, in a Sheriff Copter loaded with a 50 cal Machine gun just to let them know he was watching things. Of course he has always needed to prove his was the biggest peanut.
It was the first time I had thought deeply about our Police States since Kent State. Changed my life for the better and I didn't even need the pink undies.

SmileySam (anonymous profile)
July 11, 2013 at 6:59 a.m. (Suggest removal)

In Arizona there is no concealed carry permit requirement so anyone could be packing heat legally.

In California it is legal to carry an unconcealed gun that is not loaded.

All of that said, I really don't understand the fear that leads someone to feel as though they need a gun at all times. I have lived in some pretty sketchy places and never felt the need to have a gun on me. If you live in Santa Barbara you do not need to carry a gun.

Num1UofAn (anonymous profile)
July 11, 2013 at 3:22 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Yes, it's technically legal to carry an unloaded gun - but it certainly wouldn't be worth subjecting one's self to the usual prosecutorial overreach or even being shot dead by some LEO who "feared for his life."

As for not needing to carry a gun in SB, why does the SWAT team need full auto weapons and an armored car? Just sayin'.

spiritwalker (anonymous profile)
July 11, 2013 at 4:53 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Only when I surf, never know when Whitey be showin' up. :)

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
July 11, 2013 at 5:11 p.m. (Suggest removal)

How about "I don't want to, but I want the right to be able to do so"?

billclausen (anonymous profile)
July 11, 2013 at 8:35 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I have no desire to own a gun. And I think our standards for ownership are too low. That said, I do hope to learn how to shoot skeet/trap someday. That looks like fun.

EastBeach (anonymous profile)
July 11, 2013 at 8:58 p.m. (Suggest removal)

spiritwalker, close but no, not a LEO but carried open as an Armed Security Officer for three years in Santa Barbara on two contracts, the rest of the time here in lovely Metro DC, both on the job and private where I also own my own, a Government issued Beretta 92G, 9mm semi-auto, purchased from a retired Secret Service Uniformed Officer.

dou4now (anonymous profile)
July 12, 2013 at 4:33 a.m. (Suggest removal)

It would've been nice if you'd clarified your status as an armed security guard, instead of implying that you've openly carried as a private citizen.

And I'm still not understanding why anyone would suggest giving up a brand new Glock for $50 - I don't consider that advice to be in any way helpful.

spiritwalker (anonymous profile)
July 12, 2013 at 6:17 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Thank you, BillClausen, for pointing out the tendency of the Indy's surveys to allow only a fraction of possible meaningful answers.

JohnLocke (anonymous profile)
July 12, 2013 at 8:55 a.m. (Suggest removal)

For those of you who would immediately become fearful if you saw a person with a fire arm; let’s get something straight:
1. If you can see the fire arm in a holster the person wearing it is likely a law enforcement officer (LEO) or a law abiding citizen (LAC).
2. If you see the fire arm in the person’s hand being pointed at somebody and that person does not appear to be a LEO or LAC and is behaving in a hostile manner; this is probably a criminal.
3. If you do not see a fire arm, there is no guarantee that the person is not armed. If the person is concealing a fire arm, there are at least the following possibilities:
a. LEO
b. LAC
c. Criminal
If you find yourself in a situation like #1 above, petrified with terror, your fear is irrational.
However, fear is the appropriate response to #2.
Unfortunately the vast majority of the people you see fall into the category of #3. And thought #3 may give you comfort; it is in some cases a false sense of security. Yes, those instances may be few, far between or even never occurring; but not knowing whether an individual is concealing a fire arm ought to bring about some minimal sense of concern. Just because we live in an area where the crime rate is very low does not mean that there is no peril.
Should we all become paranoid because we can’t see if people are packing heat? Absolutely not!
But we should be no more concerned if we see a fire arm in the condition described by #1 above. Why? Because fear of a fire arm in the possession of a LEO or LAC is irrational.

dionysiuspetros (anonymous profile)
August 9, 2013 at 12:13 p.m. (Suggest removal)

spiritwalker - nope, it's not legal in CA to carry an unloaded gun as of Jan 2013, no more Starbucks 2nd amendment parties in CA unless you want to get involved with one of these leo's that dionysiuspetros thinks we should have no concerns regarding their carrying of a loaded one, although most of us know better.

14noscams (anonymous profile)
August 9, 2013 at 12:44 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I'm with Bill on this one - I don't carry a gun, I don't want to carry a gun, but I do want to have the RIGHT to own and carry one.

If you don't use the first amendment to protect the second amendment, if you lose the second amendment I guarantee you will be losing the first amendment shortly.

loonpt (anonymous profile)
August 28, 2013 at 12:02 p.m. (Suggest removal)

thanks 14noscams, that loophole was indeed closed BY LAW in Jan. of this year, and Gov. Brown did some limiting of open carry of long guns. Try
Our standards for gun ownership are indeed too low, and hopefully the State legislators will close more of these loopholes.

DrDan (anonymous profile)
August 28, 2013 at 3:45 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I also thought that there is no need to have a gun for the security but now, my views are changed. Last year, when i was doing my post graduation, my professor gave me a coursework to write on "Are we living in the safe edge". I paid to write my coursework for me online (Source: . After reading about incidents happening nowadays. I have changed my mind and voted for "Yes, it would make me feel more secure and happy".

SashaWilliam (anonymous profile)
July 14, 2014 at 3:32 a.m. (Suggest removal)

no need for a gun, not full of fear!

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