Do you fear the sight of a gun?
After reading some of the posts here, it seems that there are those that fear the sight of a gun being carried by someone. (such as in a holster, or a bulge that looks like a gun) Or if someone takes out a gun that is in a holster or a case, but the person is acting calm and non-threatening. Some people have even said that they go into condition red immediately upon seeing a gun. I think having a plan is good, but do you react strongly to the mere sight of a gun, or more to the actions of the PERSON? If you enter condition orange for a few seconds while you look at the person's behavior that is one thing, but condition red?
For those that do react strongly,
this brings several questions to mind:
1. If you are a gun lover, why do you fear guns? This is what the anti-gun people do.
2. If you don't fear a hammer or nail gun in a calm person's hand, then why fear a firearm? A car is every bit as lethal as a gun, so do you fear cars when you cross the street? A healthy respect for cars and guns is one thing, but fear is another thing altogether.
3. Isn't the behavior of the person the most important thing?
4. Maybe its another CCW permit holder. (even a friend from this site)
5. Do you fear strangers with guns at the range? Are you able to enjoy your time there if you are always on "high alert" ?
6. What about being "innocent until proven guilty?" Yes, we are individuals (not courts) and we make up some of our rules/guidelines, but isn't this a good guideline to use when people are acting calm and non-aggressive towards us?