As we know, I like to make life difficult for myself. I, therefore, often mix with a non-gun loving set and conduct casual gun related conversations. By doing this, I find some great content, but I also find the most some very confused folks. We’ve all run into the, “Why do you NEED a gun” person, but this post isn’t about them. I want to talk about the people who are just waiting to meet a gun owner in the flesh. They want to know if you’re packing, can they see your permit and what it might take, for you to draw your weapon…
These inquisitive people are sweet, their hearts are in the right place, but they’ve been swayed by all the misleading info that’s out there. They wouldn’t consider themselves anti-gun, they are just detached or otherwise engaged. However, when they come across a person who is more involved in the gun world, they are immediately excited and full of questions.
I believe it is our job to invite these people to the range, and show them a fun, safe experience with a firearm. Make sure that they meet others like us who are friendly, non-violent and generous with knowledge. We should answer their questions honestly and without judgement, even if their questions stem from misleading “facts” gleaned from mainstream media.
Then again, there a few questions they must be informed, are off limits. The following are questions too personal to answer as often as they are asked or that, for other reasons, I prefer to avoid. Please add to this list and then share it around the web so that we can educate the masses.
How many guns do you own?
Do you keep your guns in a safe?
Are you carrying right now?
Where (on your body) are you carrying right now?
Can I see the gun that you are carrying right now?
If I make you mad, will you shoot me?