There is no on-site security for the property I manage, and I assume responsibility for that, as well. I fervently pray that I never have to draw my weapon for any reason other than target practice ... but I will not assume that it won't happen. Sors ventus qui es paratus.
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On the topic of firearms...
A lady I work with has known me for several years now, and we have a great relationship. A couple of weeks ago, she saw my holster sticking out from under the tail of my jacket, when I was retrieving papers from the floor.
She got a little pale, and said, "I hope you don't have a gun in that thing." Guns make her nervous, she explained.
I tried to keep a straight face while answering that it wouldn't make much sense to wear an empty holster.
I asked her if I make her nervous, and she said no. As gently as I could, I pointed out that the firearm is an inanimate tool, and that it obeys my commands. While she thought that over, I said, "If I'm trustworthy, then you needn't fear any tool I might use. A hammer, a screwdriver, a cordless drill ... all could be dangerous, in the wrong hands."
She allowed as how that's true, and then said, "And you were in the military, so I guess it's okay."
Baby steps ... sigh ...
But at least those steps are in the right direction: I'll take that conversation as one minor victory.