Boarding the plane I knew that across the country gun sales had jumped for several days after the terrorist attacks. That K-Mart had pulled all of its firearms for a few days. And that before the ashes had settled in Manhattan, commercial pilots were standing before Congress asking for sidearms. So as I went down the aisle in search of my seat and looked around for suspicious characters, I thought I would have felt safer if those bills pending in Congress had been passed, and those gentlemen in uniform up front were packing. Then I wondered how the rest of the nervous faces around me felt: Would they approve?