ericynot, In my 70 plus years I too have walked, hitchhiked, motorcycled and RVed over most of the U.S as well as parts of Mexico and Canada. However I have not had the pleasure of staying in many " hotels and certainly have not had the pleasure of giving champagne toasts in 4 star restaurants.
However I have only been in the area of a shooting twice. Neither time was I involved, but in close proximity though.
A healthy mindset is being prepared, as all it takes is one time..
As for the "paranoia", it has been brought on by the constant attacks by the present Administration in D.C. increasing "Control" over us and attacks on the Constitution. There would be no concern if they followed ethical and morally avenues...