Whether to carry a gun is a personnal question of choice. Do you carry a gun while in your neighborhood? The US is much more dangerous. Are you ready to use your gun (loaded, cocked and ready to kill) before a situation deteriorates to the point that your life is in jeopardy?
Don't think so. At least I hope not.
I sailed singlehanded down the west coast
with stops at numerous harbors along the way, including El Salvador and Costa Rico. After staying on both sides of Panama
and in the middle for three months, I visited The Caymans, Jamacia, DR and PR before the Virgins and the Eastern Caribbean
and Trinidad. I then spent the next seven years island hopping to the Virgins and back to Trinidad where I spent six months during the Hurricane
seasons. I always anchored out, I always left my hatches open during the night. Most times I never locked my dinghy
I NEVER had any problems!
I had numeious Positive experiences with the local population of all ages. This was an unexpected enjoyable part of my cruising adventure, and I'm glad that I made the effort.
As a foreigner if you display a weapon for ANY reason in some other country you will learn that the US Dept. of Homeland Security
is bunch of boy scouts, by comparision. You must declare your weapon when you check into any country, failure to do so can jeperdize your ownership
of your boat, your choice.
IMHO if you feel you must arm yourself, if you are scared for your safety
, for heaven sakes stay home! You, me, and the rest of the people out here will be more happy.