My girlfriend of 7 years used to think the same way. I have carried daily for some time now and she doesn't object one bit, she says it makes her feel safe. I have taught her firearm safety, how to shoot, hunt etc over the years. She loves it, she especially loves revolvers. I told her she should get a gun to carry a couple years ago (I even offered to buy her one or let her carry one of mine). No permit needed here in VT to CC so it's not like the permit process deterred her. I have taught her a lot about firearms over the years and I feel very comfortable with her ability to carry and use a firearm, shes safe, smart, and frankly the girl can shoot exceptionally well. When I told her she should think about carrying she blew it off and said "I have never had any trouble before I don't need to carry a gun" I was shocked, shes very intelligent but that was just a stupid comment (did I mention she's the most stubborn girl I've ever know?). We talked for a while about it and she said she just doesn't feel a need and if someone tried to hurt her she would give them what they want and play along. Without getting into to much detail here it led to an argument and I eventually dropped it...for a while. Well a year later she was at bank making a deposit when a man walked in with his hands in his pocket and told the cashier he had a gun and to give him the money in the drawer. She quietly handed him the money without fuss and he left, and was never caught. After that day she has carried a snub .357 magnum in a bra holster or in her bag every time she leaves the house. It makes me smile and I got to use the "I told you so" for a good week
Unfortunately for some people something has to happen to change there mind and open there eyes to the world we live in. All you can do is hope it's something minor that takes them out of there protective bubble that they think they live in. Anyways good job Rollo, little progress is still progress. It's like religion though, no one likes it when people push or preach there beliefs so just be careful.