Discussion with UK family
I was on vacation at the beach last week and while sitting at the Tiki bar I had a very interesting conversation with a family from the UK here vacationing. We were watching the Olympics and talking about differences here and there, weather, culture, etc. They were talking about how convenient everything is here, the roads being so much more conducive to travel, more customer service oriented business, etc. We also talked about how relatively young the US is as a country. The depth and breadth of history throughout Europe, etc.
As we were talking about the cultural differences, we started talkng about different hobbies here and there. At one point, I lead into "well I don't know how these things are over there (which I did, but I was playing dumb), but one of my favorite hobbies is firearms." They all got a look like someone dropped a taco bell gas bubble at a funeral and said, "Firearms?" I went on to tell them that I started target shooting when I was a kid and I target shoot regularly, about 5,000 to 8,000 rounds per year. Then I told them that I started taking my daughter shooting when she was 7 years old. The wife said, "Oh my, how dreadful!!!" I told them that growing up in the country here, young boys Dad's take them target shooting, hunting, and fishing and it's just what we did in rural areas.
The next thing they said was, "Oh my, look at the time. Got to go. It was a pleasure meeting you. Take care" and they cut a trail like they had seen a ghost. I saw them about an hour later at another pool side bar (from across the bar) and they again cut a trail so quick they nearly knocked their chairs and several others over.
I found it very interesting after having had a long conversation about all of these cultural differences and appreciating the diversity until the word "firearm" came out. Heck, I wasn't even carrying and never even mentioned that I did. Just discussing target shooting and they were scared out of their wits. I'd be interested to hear the version of the story they tell their friends and family back home.