This thread was inspired by all of the "My Wife Doesn't Want me Carrying" type of threads.
I know a few anti-gun people. In fact, I have a few liberal-leaning folks in my late wife's family whom I see regularly. I generally don't bring up the topic of guns, but when it gets brought up I stand my ground. No real arguments, per se, but just a general disagreement.
So anyway, my new analogy is:
"A gun is like an airbag in your car. With any luck, you'll go the rest of your life and never need it. The problem is that if you do need it, you need it badly and you need it right now."
My former brother-in-law, for example, sneers at the entire "gun-totin'" concept. I took him to the range a couple of years ago because he was 30 years old and had never fired a handgun. :rolleyes: He told me once, "I might get a gun someday, but I'll leave it at home." Gee, that'll sure help when you get attacked somewhere.
I really don't want to look upon people I love with contempt in any way, but it also concerns me how clueless they can be sometimes. I mentioned home invasions to him on the phone a while back. He responded with, "Sure, you hear about those things, but who do you know that has ever had that happen to them?"
Well, nobody until it happens to them.
They just can't seem to understand that crime usually strikes without warning. I can talk until I'm blue in the face, pointing out actual cases where a gun would have most likely saved lives, but it doesn't seem to apply.