During dinner last night the conversation turned to future plans and ideas. My dinner companion was someone I have known for years, but we had never really discussed anything much outside of business. I was hesitant to reveal I am a firearms instructor and even prefaced it with the obligatory “I don’t want to offend” statement. Turns out the topic was something he had been contemplating for quite some time and he and his fiancé have been to the shooting range several times and he admitted she is the better shot.
So why is a discussion of firearms slightly Taboo?
Perhaps it really isn’t and my perception of the topic being Taboo is something I am inventing. I know I have several vocal friends on Facebook where we agree about many things, but firearms isn’t one of them. Now if I was to lose a friend because they find out I am a gun owner and a firearms instructor they were not much of a friend to begin with. Typically with my friends I steer clear of discussions of politics and religion. I think the reason is political discussion and religious discussions always end with someone feeling put off. I don’t force my political views down anyone’s throat and I don’t directly identify with either major political party. I’ll throw in one political tidbit for anyone reading, if you vote straight ticket using the provided box, you are an idiot and didn’t take the time to research the candidates. I’ll throw out a religious tidbit as well, every society and religion has a flood story passed down about how water covered the earth. I think we all would be better off if we would look for similarities in religion instead of differences.
In the end I guess the topic isn’t Taboo when approached correctly. If I was trying to force someone to purchase and learn to use a gun the conversation would not be very pleasant. Similarly if someone is trying to force and restrict me in my ownership and use of firearms, or have a conversation about doing so, it also will not be a pleasant meeting. Perhaps one day the conversation will start easily, but for the time being I’ll still put on the kid gloves and walk softly. Topical conversation is always best received when neither party involved has an agenda to push.