Here’s the situation.
You - you personally - carry a pistol in a concealed holster no matter where you go - jogging, to the movies, etc., driving a van while you’re making deliveries for your businesses.
You enter an area where you stand out like a sore thumb - into a Hasidic Jew community, or a Mennonite community, or an all-seniors community and you’re a young person, or vice versa.
And - unbeknownst to you - this community has had trouble with break-ins, or van drivers pretending to deliver things but actually stealing.
So a neighborhood watch guy or gal stops you on your way out of this community, either accosts you personally or blocks your van so you can’t leave… and asks you a simple question that will prove that you’re not some crook …
But this irritates the hell out of you because it’s a free country, you should be able to go where you want, it’s none of there business… (because you don’t know that the community has had problems in this area just recently.)
So you have two choices, and in this scenario you know the outcome of each:
You tell the officious guy to pound sound, he won’t let you go because this makes him even more suspicious [and mark you he’s not insulting you racially, he’s just asking why you’re in the neighborhood] and things finally escalate to the point where your belligerence causes this guy to lose his temper, he lays hands on you, you feel threatened, pull out your gun and kill him in a righteous shoot.
You answer the guy’s questions, he says, “Oh, I see, well, sorry to have stopped you but we’ve had a lot of trouble around here,” and he backs off, and you go on your way. But you feel a bit emasculated because instead of telling the guy to pound sand, you’ve answered his questions.
Which scenario would you choose?
Would your reaction be different if the person in question had a rifle and was holding it in a casual manner while talking to you? A pistol?