Thanks for thinking of me! Man, I feel special... and so early in the morning!
I think the background is always what I notice before the gun. When I look at photo contest pictures, and see this,
I just shake my head and look away. I have looked at this picture three times this morning and can tell you all about the guy's coffee cup, or what is on his computer, but can't recall what his gun looks like. A nice clean background would have done wonders.
I think the flag would be a nice touch. I like to see personal items a lot more than strewn bullets, or knives, etc.
Keep it simple. That's just me. Good luck!