Now. Do you still wonder why people want -- indeed, need -- to apply for carry licenses from several different states? (Don't say "I'll travel without my handgun". No doubt that's true, but that's not the point of this exercise.)
But that sort of is the point. What kind of insecure sociopath cannot take a drive without his gun within convenient reach? What terrors does he imagine await him out on the freeways of the nation?
I do agree that I don't understand the necessity of carrying a gun while driving across the United States. When I was a kid, my family drove across the United States, from Washington DC to Los Angeles CA and there were no guns involved. We didn't feel threatened at all. This was during the oil crisis and we had our gas tank siphoned by thieves in Little Rock AR while we were asleep in our hotel (at least the thieves left us enough gas to get to a gas station).
The idea of carrying a gun with you on a drive across the United States caters to innate fears of ... ? ... things seen in movies?
No, it is not the point. Go thru the exercise as indicated, then ask yourself how you would feel if you had to deal with the same thing with regard to your driver's license. You'd be outraged.
Just leave the guns at home, fer chrissakes.
And if the situation were the same with driver's licenses, and someone told you to "just don't drive a car, fer chrissakes", how would you react? (Please be honest, and please don't dodge the question.)
First, a drivers license is given to you for passing certain exams and it is maintained by monitoring of activity by police for moving violations or accidents, and it is kept by maintaining a good driving record. Depending on my age or medical conditions (for which significant medical conditions must be reported to the state administration for drivers), I may be required to pass additional exams, and I may be restricted in my use of a drivers license or I may have it revoked. As I have stated before, the qualifications for obtaining and maintaining a drivers license are far more strict than firearms.
According to the information at the CDC, the rate of deaths from cars versus firearms is relatively the same, but certainly the qualifications to obtain firearms are not, and the qualifications for a carry permit are less, as well (at least in most states). This doesn't even compare the requirements for qualifying the cars that are driven (safety inspection, emissions inspection, registration), as well.
Second, I am well aware of varying levels of restrictions on activities that one can or cannot do in another state. I hold various insurance licenses and securities licenses. I cannot conduct business in another state even though I am licensed in my home state. In certain circumstances, I can obtain licenses in other states (and I have), but I must follow all the requirements for obtaining those licenses (sometimes testing, mostly paperwork and definitely fees), and I must follow the requirements for renewing those licenses (continuing education, appointments from sponsoring insurance companies, etc.). I must sign forms attesting that I have not been charged (much less convicted) of a felony, and that I have no pending warrants, sanctions, levies, judgments, penalties, etc.
The laws and regulations of the insurance business are governed by each individual state, as well as coverages, requirements, notifications to customers, etc. Why do I have to obtain licenses for each state? Why not have a federal insurance license so that I can operate in every state, automatically? Yet, this is exactly how the business works. I do this for a living -- to put food on my table. I don't know of many people using guns to put food on the table (2013 compared to 1880, there are relatively few, out there, somewhere). If my client moves to California, Wisconsin or Texas, for example, I can't remain their agent, but if I wanted to remain as their agent I would have to jump through a number of hoops (and pay a number of fees periodically).
Furthermore, to obtain certain insurance licenses and all securities licenses, one has to go through fingerprinting and an FBI background check. I am subject to a new FBI background check at any time. I go through all of this to earn a living. I don't have to travel outside of my county and I go through this.
How many gun owners have their fingerprints on file with the FBI? How many gun owners have gone through an FBI background check? How many firearms sales are monitored by the state or federal government? How may firearms can be traced to a particular owner compared to vehicles?
While I can understand the requirements you endure for wanting to carry a firearm across the United States, I cannot sympathize with you. If I have to do more to justify my ability to continue in my career than the average gun owner to buy or possess a firearm, I cannot sympathize with the complaints.