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Well - I know what you'll say about this, (obvious from your statements) but carrying a weapon MAY keep people from stealing your extra boxes of corn-flakes (upon pain of death - GULP!), but it MAY get you locked up by the (legitamate) authorities in most countries in Europe (and probably the world, but who's counting,) in addition your cries of "give me liberty or give me death!" while awaiting sentencing in the brig WILL NOT be viewed favorably by the local populations - whom are not the "huddled masses yearning to breathe free" you envision them to be.
The whole second amendment thing is an anathema to most of the world, and the attitude of Gun-Toting-Americans is either viewed as frieghtening, or laughable, usually both.
The fact is - people in other countries don't WANT everyone to own guns. (Read: THEY...not their governments, whom are democratically elected in elections arguably freeer than our own.) If people at the marina in Corsica find out you're packing, they will avoid you, probably report you and will view you as a nutty criminal, not a patriot.
The continuing gun-debate in the US is an American issue. When visiting OTHER countries, it is US who impose on THEM when we disrespect their laws. So - if you go somewhere where a gun in private ownership is illegal, or you do not have the permits to carry it - then please leave it at home.
And before you think I'm an anti-gun zealot, recognize that I do own guns (which I left at home in SC when I moved here) , and I do think people should be allowed to own them. I just don't care for the emotion, politics, and hollywood theatrics of the modern American disscussion surrounding them.