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Re: [pct-l] Re: pct-l-digest V1 #407

In a message dated 98-03-03 12:04:07 EST, bspeers@email.msn.com writes:

<< I don't want to start a "guns in the wilderness" debate by any means, but
does anyone have an opinion on whether or not the personal threat from
lawbreakers on the southern 50 miles of the PCT justifies carrying a handgun
for personal defense (I'm well-trained in the use of firearms, so that's not
an issue)?  I sure don't want to carry one if the threat is small, but one
person posted a message that he had his gear stolen by some scumbag, so I'm
concerned. >>

I agree with Birgitte. Don't carry a gun on the PCT. Whatever you will be
carrying in your pack is "just stuff." It can be replaced. 

I recall reading that Jason and Katrina (I think) had their packs stolen while
they were getting water and they were many, many miles north of the border.
Don't risk your life for "stuff." It's not really that bad out there. A better
defense on the first 50 miles is "hike with a group."

Charlie Jones
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