I spend about three hours a day in a small vehicle with an individual who I am pretty sure leans pretty far to the left. I am far to the other end of the political spectrum and am much younger, so I avoid political discussions. I operate the vehicle and he sits in the back to my right. I carry every day and he has no idea as far as I know. (sorry to be vague about what we do, but I am slightly paranoid).
So the other day we were talking about the guy who murdered all those people in Binghamton, and I made a comment something like, "well if they'd let more people carry concealed weapons in New York, this kind of thing would happen less often." I then told him the story about the guy who tried to rob the Burger King in Miami recently. To my utter shock and amazement, he said, "Yeah EVERYONE should carry concealed weapons! People should be afraid to do that kind of stuff." The irony was so thick I laughed out loud because he sits within 2 feet of my M&P for hours every day, and I highly doubt he votes for pro-gun candidates (if he votes at all).
I have a feeling if more of the public heard about events like that Burger King robbery, they would be much more open to people carrying. Maybe they would begin to understand that criminals don't need a permit to use a gun to commit a crime, but citizens need a way to carry legally in order to protect each other from criminals.