I was doing some remodeling in an upstairs bathroom this w/e when my wife and I had this exchange:
HER: "There are two guys walking down the street with guns!!!"
I look out the window and see two young guys (20's?) in full camo, each carrying what look to be .22 rifles, looking up at the trees, minding their own, walking down the street.
HER: "Well are you just allowed to do that?"
ME: "Uh, yeah. They're obviously hunting squirrels. What's the problem?" [our neighborhood borders on some rural farmlands/woods that are common hunting ground.]
HER: "I just don't like guys with guns walking around the neighborhood."
ME: "Well I find it comforting! 1 - They are young and we need more young people interested in hunting/shooting sports, 2- I much rather have armed good guys walking around the neighborhood rather than bad guys! Wouldn't you?"
HER: "I guess so."
A few hours later the same day, my wife has a stranger from Craigslist come to the house to buy a toy table/chair set we were selling. I was on the recipricating saw for hours working on the bathroom, never heard the lady come, never heard her go. I was not expecting any visitors, else I would have been more situationally aware. Thanks for the head's up that CL strangers were coming to our house!
Drives me a little nuts that my wife was freaking about hunters walking down the street, but in the same day lets strangers INTO our house without even telling me. Those people could have kidnapped her and my two young kids (or worse), and I'd never know until I came down the stairs. She's not anti-gun or anything, in fact would like to take her CCW class. But I think we need to get on the same page regarding home defense.
Just had to get that out...