Something just came to mind and I need to write it down. As I was drifting off to sleep, a conversation came up that I had with a man I met in my quest for signatures. And of course guns came up. We got on the topic of how Maine was ranked the #1 safest state for gun violence. He claimed it was because we have open-carry in Maine, but it just dawned on me that he is wrong. It has very little to do with knowing people are armed, and everything to do with how people in Maine think. I've lived here for 35 years, and my very first impression when I moved here was the fact that Maine people for the most part look after each other. If someone loses their home to a fire, the townspeople help them!
If someone is struck with a tragedy of any kind, the people are there.
A lot of people still don't lock their doors. I remember what I felt after I became a Mainer, and by that I mean accepted by the people, not the other way around. People are wary of newcomers, but once they accept you, it's for life. So I became a Mainer! Where else can you find that?
It's not that you CAN carry a weapon in Maine, it's that you don't NEED to!
Peace to all.