I don’t bring it up with strangers. That said, sometimes people find out I’m a gun owner. The way they respond is remarkable. I assume that they are sincere in what they say, but that assumption is strained from time to time. Their comments are more of a confession about themselves than as an honest question about me. I usually bite my tongue because of the social situation. Then it occurred to me that other gun owners must be hearing similar comments. I’ve kept my answers to myself, but now I’ll share them with you.
I live on the safe side of town so I don’t need a gun for protection.
Guns aren’t the answer
People don’t protect themselves with guns any longer. That is just a fantasy from the old-west
Only the police should have guns
Only criminals have guns
et cetera, et cetera, et cetera.