Wanting to provoke objective thought, and not incite a left/right gun debate, I want to start with the disclosure that I am a US gun owner with a strong distaste for modern US gun culture. Now that you know where I’m coming from, here is my comment: I think it is a really bad idea to keep a loaded, non-secured gun in a go bag. I also think it is a really bad idea to promote that practice on a site that preaches reason. Universally supported data on this is as rare as the western jackalope, but there is significant evidence that loaded, unlocked firearms are involved in thousands of deaths each year in the US alone. With countless natural disasters in the past 20-30 years, I’m hard pressed to find a reliable account of anyone whose health or life was extended because they were carrying a firearm that they didn’t have time to get out of a safe. Likewise, if this site is going to encourage (yes, encourage) gun ownership, it should include a discussion of the risks of gun ownership, including theft, homicide, suicide and other misuse, and how to minimize them. Encouraging gun safety training is a respectable start, but it’s only a start.