Just venting a bit, as it just got on my nerves the other day. So a 20 something female at work asked me questions about firearm storage.
To make it clear, at work, when it comes up, I always state I support the second amendment. I never share much more in a mixed crowd. I will, from time to time, ofter to take someone to the range, or if someone asks what I did on the weekend, I might share that my wife and I went to the range.
So I don't hide where I stand, however at the same time, if I hear people firearm bashing, or just making stupid comments about firearms, I don't share my thoughts unless asked. Even when asked, I will simply state something like "I fully support and believe in the importance of the second amendment." I simply refuse to get in an argument, or even mix words, or have a polite conversation about it with co-workers, unless that co-work is pro 2A, and we are outside work or at the very least well (well well) outside of ear shot of other co-workers. Sure, other pro 2a co-workers may share something I've stated when ther are talking to a anti-2a, and when I'm asked, I go to the basics, don't argue, just state my go to, I support the second amendment, and leave it at that.
So back to venting. So she asks me if it is legal to have a loaded firearm in an unoccupied car. I asked if the car was locked. She stated yes. I replied, as long as the owner of the car has a cc permit, and no one else was using the car, in general it would be legal. I added I was not sure if it mattered if the car was locked, but common sense stated the car should be locked. In addition, it would be a good idea to secure the firearm in a lock box or locked compartment.
She then asked something like, "What if the person was getting gas, and left the pistol in their car."
I replied, "Well, to be honest, I'm not sure, but as long as the driver / owner is a cc permit holder, I don't think it is illegal, and depending on the situation, and who else is in the car, not that big of a deal."
Then she replied, "But the gun could just go off." There happened to be a toy dart / suction gun. I asked her if she thought it might just go off. She did not answer, simply stated, but a real gun might go off.
I tried to demonstrate how it took more pressure to trigger a firearm then the toy. I offered to take her to a range, or go out as a group and go to a co-worker's cousin's range as a group. The fear level was to high.
This is a bright girl. Does well in school, and in general, intellegent and even mechanically inclined. However, having never fired a firearm, there was no way to reason with her. To her, a firearm may just go off.
I smiled, made nice, made sure she got the last word, agreed that given her comfort level, no one should force her to shoot a firearm, etc.
Conversation about 3 minutes, and back to basic, avoid the conversation. However, the frustration has stayed with me. Thanks for reading my vent.