Reader Brian J. writes:
“Now that the drought has broken here in lovely Indianapolis we are experiencing our fair share of late summer storms. Last night we decided to talk a walk and though it wasn’t raining, a thunderstorm was parked right over heads. As we don’t live in the best neighborhood, it goes without saying my trusty Springfield XD was on my hip. Here’s my dumb question: Do you increase your likelihood of being struck by lightning by carrying a gun?” That would probably depend on the gun. We’d guess Brian’s XD would conduct juice less efficiently than, say, a 1911. Both of which being less dangerous than waiving a 10/22 over your head in a thunderstorm. But lacking meteorological skills (contradiction in terms, though that may be) we’re throwing this one open to the Armed Intelligentsia. Would packing a heater increase your chances of drawing a charge?