This is a discussion on To talk or not to talk within the Open Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by Bark'n You've already decided what they think doesn't matter or you would have had your gun concealed. Drive On and forget about ...
Five minutes after ya'll parted ways, she probably thought, "he must be a cop now or something." Don't worry about it. However, the best time to explain why you carry would have been right when she felt it.
A CCW is like a parachute; if you need one, and don't have one, you'll probably never need one again.
"Violence is seldom the answer, but when it is the answer it is the only answer".
"A nation of sheep breeds a government of wolves".
Sounds like it's easy on your conscience. You are reconciled with your principles and higher power. You're certainly within the law. We are gaining acceptance in the community, though there will always be anti's who don't welcome your gun. It's not like the DC community will gain by your calling her.I think just letting it go might be the prudent thing to do, I just continued on with the conversation and didn't stop being friendly when i saw her eyes wandering
Her reaction may have been a stirring of an old memory. Maybe she has personal experience with guns from enthusiasts in the family when she was young?
Her experience with your carrying is just one that may slowly and gradually awaken her to a realization that you can't explain to her but that she has to acclimate (or re-acclimate) to on her own.
Maybe the question to you is whether your greater concern is for what she thinks of you personally or what she thinks of anyone who carrys a weapon even for defense as a private citizen.
You would call her only to convince her that your're a regular, sane, citizen? Or that guns are good in case she thought otherwise?
-Blackstone’s Commentaries 145–146, n. 42 (1803) in District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U.S. 570 (2008)Americans understood the right of self-preservation as permitting a citizen to repel force by force
when the intervention of society... may be too late to prevent an injury.
Pistology hit the nail on the head, I am still a little self-conscience about what people I know think about the fact that I carry. I don't care what the general public thinks, but I do worry about how some of my friends and family react. I guess its because I'm still at that age where I worry about what people think of me enough that it bothers me, and I will probably grow out of it, or just become more at ease about it. It's funny how it is only for certain people though, when my friend Katelyn's mom saw me OC'ing in the same Wally World and said, "Uh, Chris, you're gun is showing." I simply replied, "I know." and we kept talking. I think maybe she did have a memory recall or maybe just a simple oh thats cool look on her face, and I honestly do not think its that big of a deal anymore. Thanks everyone for your input, and I have decided if she calls a whole bunch of people and tells them, well I OC sometimes anyway, so what does it matter?
"The value you put on the lost will be determined by the sacrifice you are willing to make to seek them until they are found."
let it go...if there was a moment to bring it up it was when you saw her eyes go wide...an "i'm sorry does that make you nervous?" might have touched off a nice little conversation and shown a sensitive side of you...otherwise whats done is done and retsup said it best...
My dad used to say, "It's better to let people think you're a moron than to open your mouth and remove all doubt". In this case, it is better to just let it go. A "psycho" telling everyone they aren't crazy doesn't convince anyone. People will think what they want to think, and if she's going to freak out, calling and explaining will only intensify it. Be confident (even when wrong) and people will assume you know what you are doing.
I'll keep my freedom, my liberty, and my guns. You can keep the change.
"People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf." - George Orwell
Sounds like someone has a little bit of a crush! haha just kiddin, but i'd follow the advice of cammo girl.