I share your sentiments DefJef!
Putting the politics of guns aside though, my concerns about travelling are far more mundane. Honestly, if I had to elect my top 5 worries - or dangers - about travel (based upon my experiences and what's happened to others):
1. Taxis & Public Transit - In many of the places I've travelled you're transported in vehicles with bald tires, bad brakes, no seatbelts and a Michael Shumacher wannabe. And, no traffic policing. Seriously, 3rd world taxis/buses are probably the most dangerous thing any of us will face!!
2. Environmental Thingamajigs - Jumping into the water
and getting a wicked jellyfish sting (in Australia
the jellyfish can be lethal). Also, malaria, typhoid and a host of nasty diseases in a tropical climate. And, you can inadvertantly eat some diabolical stuff. I know of people killed in the Asian tsunami but I don't know of anyone killed by gunfire. Nature is a fickle mistress.
& etc. - Hitting a reef or uncharted bit of topography that'll rip holes in your pocket book if not your boat. Or conversely, a casting flaw in our aluminium anchor
roller resulted in a sheared roller casting that sawed through my anchor rode
and the boat washed ashore (thankfully on a sand beach though a rough rock smashed the rudder).
(as always) - I don't go that far afield that there's no warning of typhoons - but, they can manifest even on fairly short passages. And, even at anchor they can be dangerous. Where I moor there were about 30 boats blown off their moorings in a bad typhoon in 1999. One lovely 45' ketch
ended up on the road!!
5. Culteral Unease - Which is to say, when you arrive in a new place it's sometimes hard to figure out if the attention is curiosity or malevolant. Sometimes you can misinterpret attention in the wrong way based purely upon cultural differences. It makes it hard to get your own personal 'safety radar' up and running. This one really isn't a worry but it's a reality which can stress you out!
Almost universally, people are just trying to earn an honest living. Sometimes they're more agressive than you'd like, but there you go. And occasionally, they're larcenous. But that crap happens everywhere.
To return to the thread though, I guess if anyone wants to carry a gun you should go ahead. In most parts
of the world it'll be locked down or confiscated so it's pretty much useless. And in the parts
of the world where your gun ain't locked down - they may be places to avoid!
It's my observation that the better travelled people are, the more they rely upon commonsense and the less they believe that any kind of force can ensure their safety
. It's all a myth after all....
And, I suppose avoiding Yemen & Somalia
would be a good commonsense idea!