I've noticed that a lot of gun owners, both here and at other forums, seem almost paranoid (not that there's anything wrong with being paranoid sometimes) about other people knowing they may own and/or carry guns, and go to great lengths to avoid anything that would indicate it... wearing gun related clothing like a shooting vest or shirts and hats with a firearm logo for example, or even an NRA or local gun club sticker on their car. My question to all of you is WHY? I understand not wanting peope to know you're carrying or own firearms if you're going someplace where it's not usually allowed, if you knew someone is already "gunning" for you and you don't want them to know you are armed, or if you live in an very high crime area and are concerned with someone burglarizing your home to steal your weapons. Otherwise, why the great concern by so many people about advertising they exercise their 2A right to keep and bear arms? I'd like to think that most of us here don't have to spend the majority of our time in the conditions previously mentioned, so the need for constant secrecy shouldn't be necessary. Has anyone here - or does anyone here KNOW someone personally who has - been specifically selected for attack or robbery because they own and/or carry a firearm? I'm not talking hypothetical situations or "I heard that a friend of a friend of a friend was once..." and "I've never had it happen because I don't advertise" scenarios. I mean actual first hand cases where you or someone you personally know was selected for some sort of attack or crime specifically because you own a gun. I have some personal observations and opinions as to why we should advertise, or at least not be afraid to let others know we do own and/or carry weapons, but I'll save them for a later response to keep this post from getting too long.