Apparently you actually can talk sense into some people.
Wow. What an amazing morning.
I won't go into the long and boring details, but I just had one of the most pleasantly surprising conversations ever. This isn't a transcript but it went something like this:
"I don't understand why a sane person would want to carry something as dangerous as a gun with them everywhere."
"Well first of all unless it's a piece of junk, guns aren't dangerous. It's people that are dangerous sometimes."
"Well okay but the odds of actually having to fire a gun are really low and nothing's ever going to happen to people like us."
"Granted, but the fact is that being prepared for such an event no matter how unlikely is important to me. I think I have the right to safeguard my life."
"That's the police's job."
"There are 1 of them for every 1800 or so civilians. One person no matter how talented, no matter how brave, no matter how well equipped, can protect 1800 people at once all the time every time. And actually it's not their job. The Supreme Court has said so."
"But that's wrong. They should be required to-"
"Required to do what? Nanny people who won't take a little bit of responsibility for themselves? Do you want a personal police officer assigned to you to monitor everything you do in case you get in a pickle? I sure as heck don't."
"How do you find time to feel competent with that thing?"
"Look I'm my own driver, my own handyman, my own moving company, my own cook, my own computer technician, and my own cleaning service. Being my own bodyguard is just another skill necessary to function in modern society."
"Well I don't want to own a gun or have anything to do with one."
"I never said you have to. Your decision to not arm yourself is equally valid as my decision to do the opposite. I don't agree with it but it's not my choice to make. You shouldn't have to do anything nor should you be restricted should you choose to do differently at some point."
"Wow I never thought of that before. I guess that is something we all have to decide for ourselves."
Every once in a while there's just a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel. I think more than anything this individual was surprised by my profession and the fact that I didn't simply grunt "This here's my killin' gun..." :rolleyes: