Have you ever been called crazy insane or paranoid because you like/own guns


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horsemen61
November 15, 2012, 05:25 PM
Ok guys has this ever happened to you it has happened to me by some of my close friends and I wanted to know how you dealt with it

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bainter1212
November 15, 2012, 05:29 PM
Yes this happened to me. Calmly explain to them the various reasons why you enjoy owning firearms. Time will take care of the rest. I have found that the longer an "anti gunner" is friends with a gun owner and sees that you are normal, their attitude should soften up.

Deanimator
November 15, 2012, 05:35 PM
Occasionally, and almost invariably by people whose opinions count as little to me as those of the wino I once saw in Philadelphia, standing barefoot in a pool of his own urine.

horsemen61
November 15, 2012, 05:42 PM
This is coming from people who's opinion I care about not a drunks

stumpers
November 15, 2012, 05:42 PM
I refuse to engage in conversations with people who are not rational, realistic or able to think. Same with guns as it is with politics or religion. At the point someone calls me crazy, they have a couple sentences to back it up with facts or I disengage from the conversation.

I like to ask questions when people give me the standard party line - either right/left or whatever. If someone doesn't know why they think something, I like to encourage them to think their position through. If they won't, I won't argue the point. Nor will I be insulted by being called untrue things.

I would also never have a close friend who was anti-gun any more than I would have a close friend who didn't like free speech or any other Constitutionally protected right.

tightgroup tiger
November 15, 2012, 05:46 PM
Everyone I know at work or in my personal life knows how I feel about my guns.

But I seldon talk about them because I'm afraid of being stuck with the monicur or stereotype of being a fanatic. Especially at work. They are very liberal about it and want to keep it that way.

I talk to the people about my shooting skills and my guns, that share my pasion, and don't voluteer any information to those that don't know.

My wife does enough talking (complaining) about me and my guns that I don't have to.

Too much talking can make some people afraid, I did that once in my youth and won't do it again.

I refer to my guns as my expensive paper punches and the people I don't know that well seem to be happier that way.

Whether I think it's politically correct from my point of view doesn't matter, It works for me.

horsemen61
November 15, 2012, 05:46 PM
Look guys I understand where you are coming from but I have known these guys for years even before I liked guns so I can't just say oh we are no longer friends .

Ramone
November 15, 2012, 05:48 PM
Of course, you might be crazy insane or paranoid, guns or no guns.

;-)

TennJed
November 15, 2012, 05:52 PM
This is coming from people who's opinion I care about not a drunks
If you care about their opinion, have a rational conversation with them and find out why they feel the way they do about guns. Also offer to take them to the range with you.

chevyman097
November 15, 2012, 05:54 PM
yep, I usually just ignore their stupidity. Although it has never happend from a friend or family. I try not to associate with those I do not get along with.

So I really cant give advise there I suppose.

smalls
November 15, 2012, 05:55 PM
I've mentioned in here before that my dad is a gun guy, but from Canada. He didn't understand why I'd ever want to carry a handgun, thought I was crazy, and was pretty displeased.

He visited once, and we had a long talk. I explained that I have a new family that I need to protect. He finally understood. Then we hit the range! He's thinking about getting his Canadian unrestricted license now, and buying a pistol now. He currently only owns hunting rifles and shotguns

hq
November 15, 2012, 05:57 PM
When I get the usual paranoia-speech, I respond by asking isn't it more paranoid to label people by their hobby. As far as insanity accusations are concerned, some people need to be reminded that that's exactly the same tactic many totalitarian governments used to label people who disagreed with their force-fed "truths".

What separates humans from other animals is ability to use tools. The first tool has always been a weapon of some kind, be it rock, hammer, sword or a firearm, and that's what has enabled human kind to survive and thrive.

There are a lot of people who won't listen any kind of logical reasoning, though. If someone has made up his/her mind and picked up anti-gun mindset as a part of their identity, they're in essence brainwashed (yes, as defined by medical terminology) and will resist giving it up.

DAP90
November 15, 2012, 06:00 PM
I have some friends like this. Honestly, the best advice I can give is don’t worry about it. You can’t and won’t make everyone happy. You can’t change everyone’s mind and while you should always debate with an open mind you shouldn’t change yours just because someone else thinks you’re wrong.

If they’re truly friends maybe debate/discuss your point of view on the subject and if they don’t come around, let it go. If they continue to push it and continue to insult you then maybe they aren’t really friends after all.

My somewhat anti friends just don't bother to discuss it with me anymore.

morcey2
November 15, 2012, 06:06 PM
I was once told by my sister-in-law that anyone with more than one gun was insane, since "a gun is a gun is a gun." I told her that I thought anyone with more than one pair of shoes was nuts, since "a shoe is a shoe is a shoe."

She didn't talk to me for over a year. It was great!

Matt

CZ223
November 15, 2012, 06:22 PM
I tell them I am not, my mother had me tested.:evil: I then explain that the difference between paranoia and preparedness is perspective. Morecy, I wish it were that easy to get rid of my sisters-in-law.:evil:

SlamFire1
November 15, 2012, 06:23 PM
I can't recall that attitude ever being expressed in the South, unless said by some Yankee transplant.

f4t9r
November 15, 2012, 06:28 PM
yes, I have

k_dawg
November 15, 2012, 06:28 PM
"I find it insane that you would rather a woman be assaulted, raped or murdered; than for her to have access to effective self defense"

ChooChoo
November 15, 2012, 06:34 PM
When I am referred to as "paranoid" for carrying a gun or having too many guns, I complement them on their observation. :rolleyes:

Then I inform them that just because you are paranoid doesn't mean that there isn't someone out to get you. :evil:

Seriously though, if they are rational and will at least listen to a contrary point of view I will take the time to present my views. If they are not accepted then I will agree to agreeably disagree with them.

gilfo
November 15, 2012, 06:37 PM
I had a woman say I was paranoid for carrying a gun. I just asked her if I saw her being assaulted should I just keep on walking or would she want me to help. She said that she would want me to help. And then not another word for the rest of the evening.

blahpony
November 15, 2012, 06:41 PM
Who told you I was paranoid? It was Jim, wasn't it? He's always saying things like that about me. Sure, he acts all nice when I'm around. But I know how he really feels.

W.E.G.
November 15, 2012, 06:41 PM
I just asked her if I saw her being assaulted should I just keep on walking or would she want me to help.

That just about sums it up.

People who blindly demean gun owners are INVARIABLY the sorts of people who expect "the government" or their mommy to do everything for everybody.

The idea of them actually placing themselves in REAL HARMS WAY for another human being is so foreign to them, that they easily spout off gratuitous, irrational (and selfish) criticisms toward honorable people who do not share their infantile outlook.

aarondhgraham
November 15, 2012, 06:48 PM
Like one poster here I try and determine if they are open minded enough to have a sane and rational conversation.

If so I explain my reasons and don't try to change their minds.

If not I change toe subject or refuse to talk to them at all.

It goes to that old saying,,,
Never try to teach a pig to sing,,,
It wastes your time and annoys the pig.

Aarond

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snakeman
November 15, 2012, 06:53 PM
Yes I have, and I usually find something stupid that the collect and look at it laugh and walk away. There's no need to provide a response to them. You could also say I'm going to the range now, so I don't have to borrow your therapist! just kidding

Ky Larry
November 15, 2012, 06:57 PM
Yes. And for many other reasons, too.

gym
November 15, 2012, 07:02 PM
What else is new. Try living in NYC or CA, they think anyone with a gun is a wack job, unless it's a cop or Fed

Skribs
November 15, 2012, 07:06 PM
Not only have I been called crazy/paranoid, but I've also made crazy people paranoid.

armoredman
November 15, 2012, 07:14 PM
Been called both, don't really care. As said before, if they want to have a rational discussion, I will be glad to, but once insults and name calling begin, the rational discussion is at an end and I will exit the conversation.

Reloadron
November 15, 2012, 07:58 PM
Have you ever been called crazy insane or paranoid because you like/own guns?

Nope, not to my face anyway.

Those who know me like friends and co-workers who respect me know I happen to enjoy the shooting sports. Many of my friends and co-workers enjoy golf. I never took an interest in the game but I can respect their love of the game. They get up at 5:00 AM on a beautiful Saturday morning and head to the golf course. Hell, they even take one week trips down south to play golf for a week. Golf can be a challenging game requiring patience, self discipline and skills that are developed with practice. While I do not play the game, I know to become good at it requires work and effort.

My friends, family and co-workers know that during the summers I live to get up at 5:00 AM and head to the range for a day of shooting. They drag all their golf gear and I drag all my shooting gear. Golfers focus on hitting a cup and for me it's a target. My shooting is a sport! My love affair with the gun began in 1958 when I was 8 years old and got my first rifle. Some people take to the gun and some don't, many of those who don't end up on a golf course rather than a rifle range.

Paranoid? I know several people with guns who actually are paranoid and they scare me more than many of the anti-gun types I have come across in life. I have guns simply because I enjoy them, I enjoy my shooting as much as many enjoy playing golf. I sure as hell do not have guns as a result of paranoia and believe me when I was 8 years old I had nothing to be paranoid about. I would think any normal intelligent person could understand that and for those who don't quite get it? Matters not to me as I am not about to spend my time justifying my interest to them. My pursuit of happiness is a day at the range.

Just My Take
Ron

blarby
November 15, 2012, 08:00 PM
Have you ever been called crazy insane or paranoid because you like/own guns?

Sure, but I've been called a lot worse- by a lot worse, than the people who threw these insults at me.

Its a very easy process. I choose to not associate with those that hold these beliefs. Its made a lot of things much, much simpler in my life.

AlexanderA
November 15, 2012, 08:22 PM
The vast majority of people who are viscerally against guns don't know much about guns, and they're also not exclusively concerned about this one issue. You can always find other common interests that you can share with them, while downplaying your interest in guns. Then, when they realize that you're "normal," you can talk to them about guns in a rational way. On the other hand, if guns are your only interest, then you're the one who has the problem.

ApacheCoTodd
November 15, 2012, 08:29 PM
Extreme Liberalism abounding as it does in my family I get labeled nuts for backing the concept of owning firearms and paranoid for the execution of same.

Whatever - it shares many aspects of the perspective of habitual deniers (those who would deny others access to any activity that they neither understand nor support) in other fields which I enjoy:

My military career
Dirt bikes
Fast street bikes
"Assault" dogs
4WD vehicles
Hunting
Whatever... Haters are gonna name call as the lowest form of argument.

Dnaltrop
November 15, 2012, 08:40 PM
Yep!

It really stops them cold when you start delving into Insurance work, that your wife cuts off Oxycodone from Doctor-Shopping addicts and drug dealers, jails people for defrauding insurance companies, and you've had someone show up at your old address and spout threats because they've felt Wronged.

There's a reason good Insurance companies protect their employees with multiple keycard doors, elevators, and in some cases, Bullet-resistant glass.

I remember years ago, escorting people from the building downtown, to the parking garage, just Blocks from the downtown Precinct, and the Courthouses (federal AND city)

The police aren't in the business of Instantly appearing like Spider-Man the moment someone of ill intent decides to make a move. They tend to arrive after the fact.

You should have heard my Aunt freak out when my Old man gave out Red Ryder BB guns to the adults one Christmas. Her 60th is coming up, I think I'm giving her a coupon for a free Range trip with me. :evil:

ExTank
November 15, 2012, 09:09 PM
No one I've ever known or met has called me anything over my firearms collection or recreational shooting.

LOTS of internet tough guys have called me some of the most vile stuff you can imagine just for being a gun owner.

For some examples: we're all responsible for every single gun death (EVER!); we're all right-wing fascists just waiting to crank up Final Solution v2.0, whilst sitting in our bunkers stroking our substitute phali.

You get the picture. :rolleyes:

jhco
November 15, 2012, 09:17 PM
Probably, but never to my face. Except when my says "your crazy" when I tell her
what I spent on my latest purchase.

rcmodel
November 15, 2012, 09:18 PM
Only by a few of the voices in my head.

rc

ShamboPyro
November 15, 2012, 09:29 PM
Absolutely. My mother, did I mention that I'm 14? He he. I try to tell her that guns are not mysterious items of sorcery that come alive and kill people but she won't listen. Whenever I attempt to tell her about how the rules of gun safety protect responsible gun owners from injury she brings up some obscure incident involving someone who thought the gun wasn't loaded. I share this problem as well.

HDCamel
November 15, 2012, 09:32 PM
Once. It's kind of a funny story actually.

I was wearing a t-shirt that said Smith & Wesson and had their logo on it and was standing in line at some fast food place (Taco Bell maybe). Some hipster kid (complete stranger, by the way) who probably wanted to impress his friends came up to me and basically called me a murdering psychopath waiting to happen.

I turned to him and said something to the effect of "Let me get this straight... You think that because I'm wearing this shirt that I have a firearm on my person (at the time I didn't, but that's not important) and that anyone who would carry a firearm is a paranoid psycho who is eagerly awaiting ANY chance to bust a cap... and your course of action after arriving at these conclusions is to come over here and pick a fight with me?"

He stood silent for a few moments before slinking away like a defeated dog.

zenshootist
November 15, 2012, 09:40 PM
yup - especially when i mentioned getting my CHL. Some people won't ever get it.

k-frame
November 15, 2012, 10:42 PM
So far, no. Of course I live in the south. :D

1 old 0311-1
November 15, 2012, 10:48 PM
Sure have. Thats why I hang with fellow 'crazies.':)

thepumpfaction
November 15, 2012, 10:53 PM
I've been called worse for carrying a pocket knife. But that's what I get for living in New Yuppie City.

wyohome
November 15, 2012, 10:58 PM
Maybe not crazy, but close. I have converted quite a few people by taking them out with a 10/22 and a 25 round mag. They might try not to smile, but they always do.

morcey2
November 15, 2012, 11:08 PM
I was going to take the CFP class with one of my coworkers and we were discussing it at my desk. The boss of my boss came over and joined in the conversation since he was thinking about getting his too. Near the end of the conversation, he figured out that I didn't have my permit yet. His response:

"I thought you'd been carrying since you started here." I'd been there for 11 years at that point. I love living in Utah, especially when it comes to firearms. :D

Matt

Nushif
November 15, 2012, 11:16 PM
Quite the opposite:

I've had people approach me after raffles asking if I had won the "Assault Rifle" because they felt it'd be in good hands. 8)

zorro45
November 15, 2012, 11:17 PM
and that's a bad thing?????

wyohome
November 15, 2012, 11:19 PM
I love living in Utah, especially when it comes to firearms.

..or Wyoming, where you do not need a permit at all.

jim243
November 15, 2012, 11:24 PM
Have you ever been called crazy insane or paranoid because you like/own guns

Yes, I hear that all the time, but after 29 years of marriage I really don't pay any attention to what she has to say. (LOL)

Jim

holdencm9
November 15, 2012, 11:29 PM
I have been (I think jokingly) called a gun nut or crazy when people find out how many guns I have. I, like others, have just found something that interests them and say "that's your hobby, this is mine" or if they question the cost, I say I have spent less on all my guns than they spend on payments for their new car, or insurance for it. I buy used w/ cash :)

If they ask if I am preparing for the end of the world or zombie apocalypse, I say, no, but I guess they'd come in handy. In the meantime I will just enjoy them.

When my friend discovered my "stash" of ammo in the closet, and asked why I needed so much, I asked her, if she could stockpile a year's worth of gasoline at today's prices and (safely) store it in the closet would you? She said yes of course, I said, this is no different. Prices don't usually go down.

303tom
November 15, 2012, 11:34 PM
All the time, But I don`t care, Im protected & they are not...................

FROGO207
November 15, 2012, 11:52 PM
I am known as the local gun nut around here.:) That said if there is anything to be shot at they always ask me to come over to do the honors.:D I can always use/enjoy the target practice. So afterwards I always invite them to the range for a plinking session to make them comfortable around firearms. I have converted a bunch of my neighbors into firearms owners as a result.:cool:

BullfrogKen
November 15, 2012, 11:55 PM
Ok guys has this ever happened to you it has happened to me by some of my close friends and I wanted to know how you dealt with it

My close friends would know better than to accuse me of being crazy, insane or paranoid based upon something trivial.


Seriously, grow up and find some more mature, real friends.

Trunk Monkey
November 16, 2012, 04:37 PM
Clearly, whoever posted this thread has never been to Democratic Underground :D

2zulu1
November 16, 2012, 04:47 PM
No, can't say that anyone has said that to me.:D

Halal Pork
November 16, 2012, 05:04 PM
I usually respond to this sort of thing with a series of questions and scenarios. For example:

1. Someone has broken into your home. You're locked in the bedroom with your spouse and child(ren). While you're waiting for the police with 911 on the line and someone starts trying to kick in your door, do you want to be armed or unarmed?

2. Regarding carrying, you might review the testimony of Suzanna Hupp available online. She's specifically talking about the AWB, but her personal experience was in regard to carrying (or rather not carrying.)

There's nothing crazy or paranoid about wanting to be able to defend yourself or your loved ones. Most people can understand this. Some won't even consider the scenarios because they're not willing to consider any information that might erode their position. Others live in a state of blissful ignorance regarding the nature of the world around them and, short of witnessing some act of violence personally, they will not consider the possibility they themselves may ever fall victim to any violent crime.

Fiv3r
November 16, 2012, 05:13 PM
I have friends outside of the States, and it blows their mind that I can legally carry a pistol with me wherever I decide to go (well as long as the state i'm in recognizes my permit:D). I tell them that it is the least likely piece of life insurance I will probably never ever need, but I prefer to have the option if there is ever bad trouble.

It blows my mind when they say, "I would just call a policeman!" It just strikes me as odd that people have something so drilled into their brain that they can't do the basic math of the time it would take for an officer to get there IF they could even make the call.

My wife used to be wary, but over the last couple of years she's grown to be comforted that I am almost always armed. When we walk downtown for dinner we usually have to pass by a few shady alleys.
"You packin'?" as she reaches around and feels my hip.
"Don't I always?"
"Good."

Even my mother in law sees merit in it now. She's widowed and lives in a nice patio home community. Her neighbors house was broken into in broad daylight while the lady was at her husband's FUNERAL:fire: Last weekend while we visited for the night, a police chopper was hovering overhead spotlighting the backyards of various houses looking for someone for a good 20 minutes. And this is in a nice area:confused:
She didn't give me a moments pause when I told her to close the blinds, make sure the doors were locked, and set the alarm. I didn't want anyone to see that there were two women, a toddler, and one man in the house. She also didn't mind that I stayed up a bit later with my .45 keeping me company;)

Hokkmike
November 16, 2012, 08:54 PM
I once had a "friend" tell me she was personally offended because I shot groundhogs.

KansasPaul
November 16, 2012, 09:02 PM
Well, in a sort of passive way. Folks I work with always say that when SHTF happens, they will all come down to my "compound" so that they can be protected by my "arsenal". I just tell them that they had better come visit often and help with the moat I'm building or I won't allow them to visit later.

r1derbike
November 16, 2012, 09:38 PM
No. I'm from the south, as well. Seriously, if that was a problem, I'd say you have three choices:

1. Go pound sand.
2. Get over it.
3. Or both.

loose noose
November 16, 2012, 10:13 PM
I've been called "a real gun nut" more than once because of my large collection of firearms. If they are truly anti gun I usually humor them by stating what a comedian stated quite a few years ago; "guns don't kill people, people kill people, and anybody don't believe that ought to be shot". Usually that will put an end to any further nonsense.:cool:

Warp
November 16, 2012, 10:23 PM
Of course.

Most people call those who prepare more than themselves paranoid.

You can even see it among gun owners. Those who prep more are considered paranoid. If you don't believe me ask about wearing concealable body armour (bullet resistant vest) as part of your 'daily carry' as a regular run of the mill citizen. Or ask about carrying multiple guns with multiple spare magazines. Somewhere in the thread, a person who carries a gun themselves will call you paranoid.

303tom
November 16, 2012, 10:42 PM
I am known as the local gun nut around here.:) That said if there is anything to be shot at they always ask me to come over to do the honors.:D I can always use/enjoy the target practice. So afterwards I always invite them to the range for a plinking session to make them comfortable around firearms. I have converted a bunch of my neighbors into firearms owners as a result.:cool:
Yep, I know what you mean, I am known as the guy with all the dogs & all the guns................

25cschaefer
November 16, 2012, 10:48 PM
A boyfriend of a sister inlaw commented once that it must be difficult to be so scared all the time after he found out I carry.

I told him I carry in case, not because I am scared. You don't carry a spare tire in your car because you are terrified of nails.

He had never shot a gun before his visit and upon return home he bought a Glock to keep in the house.

Cory.S
November 16, 2012, 11:17 PM
Yes but it really doesn't bother me much. I avoid most people I work with since I am who I am.

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Pete D.
November 16, 2012, 11:55 PM
No.

hso
November 17, 2012, 12:09 AM
Nope, but then I don't come off as monomaniacal or have them as my only topic of conversation.

I'm a respected professional who is a recognized safety expert and a pretty casual friendly person. It would be difficult to characterize me as any sort of "nut", except about safety.

303tom
November 17, 2012, 01:41 AM
A boyfriend of a sister inlaw commented once that it must be difficult to be so scared all the time after he found out I carry.

I told him I carry in case, not because I am scared. You don't carry a spare tire in your car because you are terrified of nails.

He had never shot a gun before his visit and upon return home he bought a Glock to keep in the house.
A boyfriend of a sister In law ?

Ignition Override
November 17, 2012, 03:57 AM
Being bitten by the gun bug really late in life, probably so, but not to my face.

During the LA race riots, did anti-gun neighbors of Charlton Heston actually ring his bell and ask to borrow a gun or two?
From what I remember reading, he said no.

mljdeckard
November 17, 2012, 04:10 AM
A couple of times. The voices in my head told me to ignore them and go home and reload.

9mmfan
November 17, 2012, 04:20 AM
If you care about their opinion, have a rational conversation with them and find out why they feel the way they do about guns. Also offer to take them to the range with you.
This is what I do, if I can. Sometimes it works, and leads to intelligent discourse. Some of 'em actually make good, and go to the range. Sometimes it leads to much amusing smack-talk. (I am a cranky wiseacre what manages a bar, at least for the next two and a half months)

Sometimes, if they disagree, I just shrug it off and we understand that everyone has differing opinions on certain subjects, diff'rent strokes. Some of these people I call friends.

Occasionally, someone seems a bit indignant that I choose to live my life the way I do. Usually, these are friends or co-workers of people that I know who are aware of my hobby, and feel the need to bring it up. A memorable fellow that used to live here would joke to said folks not to cross me, or I might shoot them. He has been informed why this is not something to say casually.

It usually doesn't go much beyond this. If it does, hey, it's my party and we don't have to be friends if you don't want to. I can still serve you and take yer dough. Even be civil, long as you can be.

Then I'll go home to my mostly understanding wife and my mostly happy life will continue. The cats like me most of the time, too.

If you feel warm and fuzzy thinking that I am insane or paranoid, and really feel the need to tell me so, more power to you. Don't bother me at all. (Looks around wildly, mumbles randomly to self) :neener:

kyletx1911
November 17, 2012, 05:13 AM
Shhhhh i see unarmed people

ChCx2744
November 17, 2012, 06:43 AM
Yes and I no longer associate with such people.

BullRunBear
November 17, 2012, 07:38 AM
Called that by close friends? Nope. My friends know about my interests, not just firearms, and most likely share them.

Acquaintences, especially from work, may have thought it but never said it to my face. But I was always glad to discuss firearms if they had questions and explain the many ways people are interested: history, technology, recreation, hunting, SD, etc. I also offered to take them to the range. My wife and I have converted over twenty people that way.

The real, irrational anti-types I just ignore. And since we are retired, we no longer have to deal with the retarded attitudes so prevalent in DC and the suburbs. Living outside the Beltway has its advantages.

Jeff

tarosean
November 17, 2012, 07:59 AM
Once.. He was an Indian (India) and I worked with him in Dubai. He said he was scared of me, because I looked and talked about guns all day.

I just chalked it up to different cultures.

jeff-10
November 17, 2012, 09:40 AM
Seems to me the "likes guns and is crazy" attitude was much more prevalent in the 80s and 90s. Today everyone seems to own a gun and a CCW license. Especially here in Florida.

Nicky Santoro
November 17, 2012, 09:46 AM
Yes, but never twice by the same person.

akodo
November 17, 2012, 10:25 AM
Look guys I understand where you are coming from but I have known these guys for years even before I liked guns so I can't just say oh we are no longer friends .

Then offer to take them out shooting.

Halal Pork
November 17, 2012, 12:20 PM
A boyfriend of a sister In law ?
Good catch. Intriguing, isn't it?

Spats McGee
November 17, 2012, 12:59 PM
No. I live in Arkansas. Folks with guns are pretty commonplace. With that said, I do know a few non-gun-owning folks. I won't call them anti-gun, because most of them don't mind my owning guns. They just don't want any themselves.

SuperNaut
November 17, 2012, 01:30 PM
Very few people know about my interest in firearms. I don't hide it, but I don't really advertise either.

So, the only time that people have expressed an opinion about things in which I am interested, is when I open my mouth.

You mopping up what I'm spilling?

Smokin Gator
November 17, 2012, 03:37 PM
I have just heard the usual, "Why do you need a gun?". My experience has been that even most people who don't have or aren't into guns, have a curiosity about them and shooting. But, there are always those who you could never change their minds that guns are evil and dangerous. Mark

Deltaboy
November 17, 2012, 10:03 PM
Yes and I worked with them and won some of them over to our side. But YMMV.

76shuvlinoff
November 17, 2012, 10:28 PM
Even casually talking about shooting or various guns has gotten labeled a "gun nut" at work so I don't say anything about the topic (there) any more.

GBExpat
November 17, 2012, 10:46 PM
No, but after seeing all of the guns that I own one guy asked me what I was afraid of ... and I responded (all together now),

"Not a damned thing."

:)

JTHunter
November 17, 2012, 10:59 PM
hq said:
What separates humans from other animals is ability to use tools. The first tool has always been a weapon of some kind, be it rock, hammer, sword or a firearm, and that's what has enabled human kind to survive and thrive.

Careful there. Recent studies have documented that chimpanzees, bonobos, and even parrots have been observed not only using but making THEN using "tools".
Now, as the late Dr. Louis Leakey once said, "Now we must redefine 'tool', redefine 'use', or redefine 'man'."

JTHunter
November 17, 2012, 11:16 PM
Hokkmike said:I once had a "friend" tell me she was personally offended because I shot groundhogs.

Imagine the looks I get! I don't just shoot them, I also eat them!
:D

tarosean
November 18, 2012, 12:10 AM
Originally Posted by 303tom View Post
A boyfriend of a sister In law ?
Good catch. Intriguing, isn't it?

Your wife's/husband's sister(s) have to be married??

gspn
November 18, 2012, 12:29 AM
I have but since I am actually crazy, insane AND paranoid I don't take it personal. Admittedly my situation may be different from most.

Are you lookin' at me?:scrutiny:

Erik M
November 18, 2012, 12:58 AM
to answer OP, yes. when I was laid off from a job in the past everyone else in my section was allowed to walk out with their belongings in a box. I was escorted out by security and my boss cleaned out my desk for me as to prevent an 'incident' from happening. I was told the NRA sticker on my old vehicle was to blame.

Twiki357
November 18, 2012, 01:22 AM
Not because I own guns, but my daughter thinks I'm crazy because I have so many.

rduchateau2954
November 18, 2012, 01:46 AM
Just laugh it off, my friends all call me the "crazy gun guy" but more than half of them own deer rifles.

I'm a big fan of not giving a poo about what other people think about me. I do what makes me happy.

dataDyne
November 19, 2012, 04:41 PM
Nope
And my mom likes to go around telling people that i like shooting

wannabeagunsmith
November 19, 2012, 06:40 PM
Yep, on average of 30 times a week by classmates at my school (big surprise)

BisleyBlackhawk45
November 19, 2012, 08:53 PM
I forget where I read or heard the response to being paranoid for carrying a gun...went something like this;

You carry a pistol?
Yes I do.
You must really be paranoid!
No...if I was paranoid I would carry a shotgun!
;)

Byrd666
November 19, 2012, 09:08 PM
Yep.
What BisleyBlackhawk45 said

JustinJ
November 19, 2012, 10:12 PM
A lot of friends and families make comments in jest about preparing for the end of the world and what not.

On the other hand, i've met quite a few gun nuts who i found to be paranoid and delusional. I run into quite a few every time i go to the gun show. I've seen a few here as well. But it ain't the passion for guns that has led me to form that opinion of them.

Ryanxia
November 19, 2012, 10:58 PM
I usually tell people who I don't really know who ask why I have guns that I like to target shoot and be able to protect my family. After I get to know them a bit I generally offer a range trip.

Also to anyone who says something to the effect that I like violence because I own guns, I respond with 'that's like saying you have car insurance so you like to get into accidents.'

When someone says 'I think guns should be banned' I say 'yes I agree, the military and police should not have guns' when they say 'well the military and police should' I say 'so you're not anti-gun you're just pro elitist.'

barnbwt
November 20, 2012, 12:24 AM
It's a double standard, isn't it?:D An "eccentric" with guns is a "gun-nut", but a non-gun owning "eccentric" is merely a "crackpot".

I suppose it's too much to ask the world to recognize there's only "nuts-nuts" out there to worry about; and that what their hobbies happen to be isn't the problem, but their mental state :rolleyes:. While probably less dangerous to society than outright crazies, I have run into a number of gun and/or knife guys at gunshows who seem to exhibit a... ...special...relationship with weapons--shall we say :uhoh:. That guy who gets finger prints all over everything on the table:scrutiny:

TCB

commygun
November 20, 2012, 01:04 AM
It does seem like it was more common to get ribbed about it in the '90's with a lot of "militia" jokes and whatnot. For the last decade I don't think I've heard a single serious negative comment. I've made a lot of converts along the way just by keeping cool and being a positive example. I've found that many "antis" may secretly want to own firearms but feel socially pressured to disavow them. You just may be the permission they are looking for.

230RN
November 20, 2012, 08:15 AM
I usually give them a copy of The Munchkin Wrangler's excellent essay on the topic:

http://munchkinwrangler.wordpress.com/2007/03/23/why-the-gun-is-civilization/

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