I agree that there is a disparity in life experience on this list. In my mere 32 years of life, I have met dozens of people who illegally carry concealed weapons.
These people overlap considerably with those that don't file income taxes, work for cash only, or in another way significantly evade taxes (black markets, tax "fraud", etc.). The others tend to be either vets or hardcore Republicans or Libertarians or libertarians. To almost a person, they don't work in big city jobs, where carrying a firearm to work is prohibited. They tend to work for or own small businesses (several printers and computer consultants come to mind). OT comment: I regard most of these people as patriots of the first order, participating in civil disobedience at great personal risk. I wish I had a book of their stories. One man I know was convicted of tax evasion, was on the lam for almost 2 years with his wife (part of the time in a cabin in the woods with his wife, reading Bohm-Bawerk and Mises by night and hunting by day), was subsequently caught while working as a janitor, served his time (3 yrs, as I recall), is long out of prison, but to this day refuses to file a tax return. Gil Guillory, P.E. Process Design and Project Engineering KBR, KT-3131B email [EMAIL PROTECTED] phone 713-753-2724(w) or 281-362-8061(h) or 281-620-6995(m) fax 713-753-3508 or 713-753-5353 > -----Original Message----- > This is the problem with dueling anecdotes (and perhaps goes > In my 48 > years of life I've known hundreds of people who own guns, and > The only people who I know who have ever prevented a crime > with a gun are police officers. The thing that makes me > extremely skeptical of these numbers is that I don't know a > single gun owner who carries his/her gun outside the house > unless the trip is to use the gun (to hunt or for target > shooting).