I"ve seen a couple of guys in the Superstitions who may have been the same two Pixelfrog saw. I saw them within 1/2 mile of Bluff Springs. Too me, they seemed suspicious of us. We greeted them as we would anyone we pass on the trail, they weren't very friendly. And they looked very out of place. Still, I wasn't concerned for my safety, as it should've been obvious that we weren't there trying to find a goldmine, like they may have been. In our case, there was an older bearded man, and a younger man. Probably father and son.
Like Cindy, I grew up in a police family. My dad is a retired policeman, and I have a second cousin who worked on the same department as my dad. I learned firearm responsibliity, and I learned the proper way to use one. I completely agree with Hooli, guns should be available for responsible people.
As for the 2nd Amendment, if we're going to quote it, let's quote all of it: "A well-regulated Militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed." It isn't the right of the militia to bear arms, it is the right of the people. It is by not infriinging that right that militias can be assembled when necessary. And I'm not referring to those ultra-rightwing Tim McVey militias, it does say well-regulated, after-all. Keep in mind the era during which this amendment was written. Our country had just won it's freedom from England. Had the people of that day not possessed weapons, that would never have happened, there probably would be no United States of America. A thorough study of the history of the amendment will show that it was placed there so that should the people of this country ever again fall under the control of a tyrannical government, they would be able to defend themselves.
Sorry for getting political, I wasn't able to reply to this topic today, I was too busy at work. I saw the original post before all the replies. I don't mean to offend anyone or make enemies, I'm just offering my opinion.