A while ago, I had a brief exchange with another Doper about whether Bush carries a gun. I can’t recall ever having seen him carry one, but he seems like the type to do so, or so my prejudices inform me (no slight intended against gun-carrying Dopers).
I’ve never had to bodyguard anyone, but I have a feeling that if I did I wouldn’t like my subject to be armed. If push came to shove, I wouldn’t want him to start shooting but leave it to me and my colleagues. Then again, I’m a sissy European.
So: Does Bush ever carry? Did he before becoming President? Has any President since, say, 1900 done so? Is there any particular rule about the President carrying? What are your best guesses regarding the Secret Service’s feelings on the matter?