Times have only changed in the gulf of aden. All I have changed is my plan before which was "I doubt I want to sail through the Suez canal" to my new plan which is "I will NOT sail down the red sea."
I would love to carry firearms, it would make me feel more secure as do my bilge pumps, fire extinguishers and as an EPIRB would. Unlike the other items mentioned, firearms are a huge hassle, so I don't bring them to avoid the hassle.
"True, your boat will outperform mine to windward, but my boat will always outperform yours at anchor." --MedSailor