I live in England, but I spent a year studying at Skyview High in Vancouver with an exchange program. While I was cross the pond I never really thought about guns, I never saw one and none of the friends I made ever brought it up. That and I was also preoccupied with not being able to have a beer or buy my own fags. But a mate told me the other day about 'carrying hidden' (a handgun) and 'open'. I always knew you had not many gun laws but from some googling I can't believe that was true. So I'm here because I lived in Vancouver for a year and know you all aren't crazy for the most part. I wanted a 'normal' Americans perspective on this. I guess my questions are: Why do you keep a handgun with you all the time? Are you afraid of being attacked? Are you worried about it ever just going off? What's it feel like to be around a gun and other people? Stress/pressure? Also, I may be including some comments in a report I'm writing for university. I would only identify you by your screen name from this site and it would be 'the United States' as your location. If you would not like me to use your comment please indicate that on your post. Thanks in advance, Cheers!