Say Uncle linked a story about an AP reporter who decided to get a concealed carry permit in Ohio. Anita Chang got the permit not as a news assignment, but because she believed she needed to defend herself. She talks about the training, her feelings about guns, and the realization about how difficult it would be to shoot an attacker. She understands that owning a gun is a huge responsibility. She weighed that responsibility and decided not to buy a gun even though she earned the carry permit.
She has not bought a gun--yet. On the other hand, she was willing to learn to shoot. She is young (she says she can pass as16 maybe 19 with makeup), a journalist, and probably liberal. And yet, she went out and shot a gun and is still considering buying one. I see young people at the range all the time. Presumably, they have been indoctrinated at public schools, have heard countless messages of "guns are bad," and yet they come to the range and shoot.
We gun people are winning. More people are getting the message that guns themselves are not evil. The number of states "allowing" concealed carry has expanded, the Assault Weapons Ban is dead, the current Congress might be supportive of the Second Amendment, and gun banning groups have shrunk in terms of membership. But, not all is rosy. There is still a lot of opposition and too many laws infringe on our rights. We must work to change these laws and never let our guards down.