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If you do some research, you will find that there is evidence that people who buy Hummers and Hummer-like cars for city driving are personally more insecure, rely on the opinions of others for their sense of self-worth, find the world a dangerous place, and seek passive protected safety. (Sorry, I can't find my link to one such report)
Marketers make their pitch quite deliberately to this demographic. (You're actually safer in a Porsche, or a Volvo wagon, that you can maneuver, than a big, unweildy tank-like vehicle, but appearance and passive (as opposed to active) safety is more important than reality to this consumer.)
I'm guessing that a study of people who need to make a show of carrying a gun into Starbucks to pick up a cup of coffee, would find that they see the world as a scary place - way out of proportion to the real dangers. It's also predictable that in general, they do not feel that they have much control in their lives, and that making a big production of carrying a gun gives them a sense of power that they otherwise lack. (For example, someone with martial arts training, or hostage defusion mediation training would be the equivalent of a Porsche driver....someone who could handle dangerous situations without waving a gun around)
An earlier poster noted that in Alaska, people visibly carry because they face the very real threat of bears, and it makes sense to be prepared. No one thinks twice about someone packing. However, showing off a gun in Starbucks is like driving a Hummer to get to work downtown; it screams, "I need you to think I'm strong and powerful!" That out-of-proportion response to a miniscule real threat (in Portland: seven tenths of one percent chance that you will face criminal violence), is what is legitimately scary to the rest of us.
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