The ''trust'' factor - or lack of it.
This ties in somewhat with Euc's Thread but I decided to post this as a separate entity - as much as anything to reinforce my thoughts on the matter. I am also going to be about as dogmatic as I get - usually I avoid outright dogma.
TRUST! Not only something I give cautiously but something I feel I usually need to earn, to expect it from others. The earning as such is really down to how well folks know me and see me, how I treat them, and my way of living - proof if you will of my integrity.
When it comes to carry (even just plain gun ownership too sometimes) - I have a problem if someone who knows me well should decide they don't want me in their house or around them. Of course, their house and their rules - I must accept that and adhere to it but, I'll not necessarily admire said decision.
Bottom line - if they do not want me around with my carry piece - ergo - THAY DO NOT TRUST ME!! That is my dogmatic statement!
Reason I say that is - providing someone has the sense (hopefully) to realize that a gun is an inert tool and only dangerous in wrong hands - it must therefore be all down to trust - or lack of it. In my care - the gun is as safe as it gets - under my control entirely... and so to see myself labelled as unsafe must by default be taken as zero trust. That is how I read it.
Fortunately this is hardly a problem for most part - either it's a case of ''concealed is concealed'', so no one is any the wiser, or my friends or family know and accept - but, as did happen once - someone was visiting in my home!!! and expressed concern in no small manner, at my (then open) carry!
In that case I made my points re safety etc - the gun had no will of its own - and yet they were close to insisting I took it off :rolleyes:. It was that occasion that made the light switch right on - and I retorted that I could only assume they mistrusted me! That at least had the desired effect and after some bluster, they saw reason and calmed down - at least their cerebral logic center was not missing!
I was though very close to telling them to get their coat and leave - my point being that it was potentially a direct insult to me and my integrity. Since then my feeling on this has only strengthened - and should a similar occur then I will (justifiably I think) take offence and hope to distance myself from that person for good.
Trust me - trust my gun - period
There!! rant and ramble over! :wink: :smile:
Trusting other gun owners
I have had the opportunity, twice now, to meet in fair numbers with the members of another CCW website for a group shoot. Both times, I was more than a little concerned about safety. Both times, my fears were proven groundless.
At the last of these get-togethers, 2 weeks ago, there were roughly 60 people, almost all of whom I'd never met, all armed to the teeth. We went through tens of thousands of rounds, everything from .22 pistols through full-auto machine guns (BAR, suppressed uzi, glock 18, SAW, yeah, it was fun!).
I believe I saw the muzzle end of a weapon _once_ during the entire session, and that was while admiring someone's carbon-fiber barrel, after I had seen him place a snap-cap in the chamber. The worst situation of the day was a rebound catching a guy in the belly, didn't break the skin. Other than a few sore fingers from loading mags, no blood was drawn.
I'm as cautious as anyone, having seen some very inappropriate handling at a local range, but my experience at these group shoots has me questioning my reasons for being suspicious of gun owners that I don't personally know. I'm more apt to assume that an unfamiliar face at the range is simply another trustworthy citizen, rather than an imminent threat. I will, however, continue to keep my eyes open!