Quick background: my MIL has never allowed guns in her home, and for reasons I respect. On Sunday, a bunch of us had a retirement party for her at a restaurant. I wound up sitting next to her brother (my uncle-in-law?), who's very much a liberal Democrat. Across from me was my uncle's friend and his wife, both of whom are also died-in-the-wool, PBS-watching, art-gallery-wandering uber-liberals. Every time the subject turned to politics, I shifted the subject, not wanting to disrupt the party. Anyway, on Wednesday, my wife, uncle, uncle's friend and wife, and MIL had another get-together. My uncle knows my politics, and managed to "out" my wife in front of his friend and friend's wife. They were aghast that people as nice as my wife and I could be...could think we were...could even consider voting...conservative! My wife then mentioned that I was one of the leaders of the Wisconsin Concealed Carry Association, and have been working to pass a CCW bill. Uncle, and uncle's friend and his wife just about had heart attacks. They started in on my wife about "blood in the streets," etc. In steps my mother-in-law. (Anyone who crosses my MIL quickly finds themselves outgunned in the word department; her mouth should be registered as a Class III weapon). "You people live out here where it's safe and you don't care about anybody else. You should try living with all the gang-bangers and drug dealers. People need to be able to defend themselves. With Frank gone [my father-in-law died in August], there's nobody to protect me. I'm getting a gun, and I'm going to carry it..." rat-a-tat-tat. brrrrrrpp. bam-bam-bam. This 68 year-old grandmother strafed those three liberals so quickly they were left stuttering, not knowing what to say. I know what to say, though: thanks, Mom!