I’m curious how the pro gun rights readers of this website feel about openly supporting gun rights.
I ask because I find myself increasingly willing to discuss guns with coworkers and friends. I don’t get on my pro-gun soapbox every day, but when gun-related matters come up at lunch I tend to freely express my viewpoint. So far, that has worked out quite well for me, and I’ve become friends with a couple of extremely knowledgeable gun owners at work. Had I not made my opinions about guns known, chances are I would never have really gotten to know those coworkers, since our work rarely leads us to interact. I’ve also take a few people shooting for the first time, and convinced at least two of them to become gun owners.
On the flip side, although I haven’t personally experienced this, I do worry that I may at some point have a supervisor who is an ardent opponent of gun rights. I worry that in such a situation, my open support of gun rights could have an adverse effect upon my career. Given the rather pro-gun dynamics of my office, I’m not too worried, but I’m sure there are gun owners who face that very situation…
So what approach do you all take? Do your coworkers/friends/family know that you’re a gun owner? Do you mainly keep your views on gun rights to yourself, or do you actively try to persuade those opposed opposed to gun rights? Do you worry about adverse effects of being a known gun owner?