However one chooses to interpret the state's record-setting 25,340 applications for concealed-carry permits during fiscal year 2013, it means that a lot of Kansans are thinking enough about their safety that they'd like to be able to carry a handgun for personal protection. Now, if only all Kansans will take other precautions, such as by wearing life jackets when boating. It's a tragedy that 12 people have drowned in state waters since mid-May, including four over the recent long holiday weekend. Plus, as of Wednesday, 17 people had died in traffic accidents this year in Wichita, compared with 14 a year ago at this time and 24 total in 2012. And July in Kansas is no time or place to leave children (or pets, for that matter) unsupervised in a car. Please be careful and safe out there.