A lady I've known for several years came by my office the other day, and saw my holster sticking out from under the tail of my vest as I retrieved papers from the floor.
She got a little pale, and said, "I hope you don't have a gun in that thing. Guns make me nervous."
I tried to keep a straight face while answering that it wouldn't make much sense to wear an empty holster.
So I asked if I
make her nervous, and she said no. As gently as possible, I said that the
firearm is an inanimate tool, and that it obeys my commands.
thought that over, I said, "If I'm trustworthy, then you needn't fear
any tool I might use. A hammer or 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."
I also could have said that with Constitutional carry, quite a large percentage of Alaskans are armed all the time, but I didn't want to provoke a panic attack. :)
Baby steps ... sigh. But at least those steps are in the right direction: I'll take that conversation as one minor victory. At least it made her stop to think about it.