Skip to comments.Canada:Snowbirds say they feel safer in gun-loving Arizona
Posted on 04/09/2013 7:20:30 PM PDT by marktwain
Re: "Gun culture a shock for snowbirds," Karin Klassen, Opinion, April 8.
Strange, but I know many people who go to Arizona and spend most of the winter there. They all say they feel safer there than they do in Alberta because there are very few rapes, home invasions or burglaries.
Many snowbirds who have property there obtain a firearm. They go to the police and show that they know how to handle firearms safely, are issued a permit, and buy a pistol and ammo. It can serve as protection, though it is very safe, or simply sport shooting, as ranges are everywhere and easily accessed.
The vast majority of Arizonans are friendly and enjoy the camaraderie and participation of Canadians in their sport shooting activities. Nevada is much the same, with huge training facilities for sport and defensive shooting, as are most states with concealed or open carry.
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Here’s one Freeper giving very serious thought to moving to Arizona.
Can any Freepers who know the state give recommendations for a specific town(s).
I’d like conservative (of course) and near to mountains, forests, desert, wilderness area, and/or any combination of those, and not close to any large cities.
At the moment, I’m thinking of Prescott and/or Sedona; any comments on those places?
They should be loving it right now. It’s been snowing in northern Arizona the past two nights. LOL! Thanks Algore!
I know that Sedona is very expensive. The locals told me that since it became a tourist town, they can no longer afford to live there.
One of the most beautiful areas in Arizona is Show Low - pretty remote though. Also Snowflake, St Johns and Holbrook.
Much less populous than Flagstaff and Sedona - which are nice areas, but have the potential (especially Sedona) to become a bit granola.
So if you want to be only remotely associated with civilization - Show Low. If you need some semblance of refinement and can deal with the stuff that comes with an “artsy” community - Sedona.
I have attended gun shows in Panama City, FL. and run across a few Snowbirds. There wasn’t a lot they could buy but they seemed interested in the guns.
A while back I was paid to do a survey of campers in the Gulf Islands National Seashore. I would say at least 90% of the campers in the Winter were Canadians.
They were all with zero exceptions, pleasant to talk to. Also just about every one of them were WWII veterans. Oddly enough, the only person who refused the survey was an employee of the University I was doing the survey for.
Sedona is populated by a lot of aging hippies and all the foolish idiocy (redundancy alert!) that entails. Prescott would be far more hospitable to a FReeper. Cottonwood is worthy of consideration too.
Those are nice places. I also like the area around Scottsdale for a nice “metro” environment. For another small town to consider, look into Sierra Vista.
Love my home State. It has changed but thankfully there are still those that live here making a stand against Illegal Immigration. Can’t find a job though. Prescott cheaper than Sedona.
Prescott is great, perhaps better, Prescott Valley as homes are less costly. I’ve bought there, and moving soon.
We moved to the Phoenix suburbs on the far west edge in December. I plan to buy at the end of the year, as I retire in a year and a half.
I don’t want to be paying for three houses so I am selling the KC house. I find that we like the Phoenix area much more than we expected. We knew we like AZ having been here dozens of times in the last 15 years but not so much in Phoenix. Prices are good right now, come on down.
Just got the wife a LCR 22Mag.
You wouldn’t like it.
Sedona is tourist central and vacation homes/condos.
Visit Flagstaff. Better climate. Forest and mountains. Small town.
Don’t know about Prescott. I’m southeast of Phoenix in Chandler/Gilbert area. Still farmland and desert, some mountains, but it is suburbia pretty much.
To me, Prescott is a large city at nearly 40,000 population, and about the same in Prescott Valley. You might look at Safford or Globe, although Prescott does run a few degrees cooler than either.
When did Ruger come out with a .22 mag?
Thank you all for encouragement and some great suggestions!
When we lived in Las Cruces, NM over 40 years ago, we went to Phoenix - once - thought I would die. Showing the NJ nephew around, so not much choice on dates.
Was it 100 degress by 10am? And I thought NM was hot in the summer!
Flagstaff is also the sort of entry and miles from the Grand Canyon from the south, IIRC, if that interests you.
Do I remember pine trees in Flagstaff?