I grew up in a place where every pick up truck had a gun rack in the back windshield and it had a rifle in it. And that's one of the major urban centers in the country and the world. I'm not in any way intimidated by weapons unless they are pointed at me. Police have done that 6:1 more than any civilian wanting to do me harm when I was neither armed nor committing crimes. When they ban guns from the government I'll be happy to agree to gun bans. As long as there are people willing to put me in a cage for anything I may discuss here, and kill me if I refuse to be caged, it seems entirely sensible that people be able to be armed and to carry those weapons where ever they might be needed.
I grew up in countries where to police weren't armed at the belt, and the majority of them didn't carry around battons or tasers even. When I was living in the US, a country that is famous for the amount of guns they have and the high amount of gun crime, I was totally culture shocked to see how many people carried around guns especially in the rich white suburban neighborhoods where crime is much less out in the open. You're perspective was cool to learn because guns it seems your more comfortable with guns.
"It's allowed and encouraged (by some) because it's not really a threat to the government, just the serfs. And the more we are kept intimidated and divided, the more secure the status quo is."
In reply to both yall, I get much more uncomfortable when counter protesters are with guns then just people walking down the street.