I almost always carry concealed, but Saturday I forgot my Hawaiian shirt as I left the house. “Oh well; I’ll open carry”.
I had my daughter with me in the supermarket, when she said we should get some bananas.
We were discussing the amount of bananas we’d been going though lately when a guy standing very close to us blurted out; “Speaking of bananas…!” and then walked off quickly before I could make sense of it.
“I wonder what that was supposed to mean” I said to my daughter.
“I have no idea” she said with a chuckle. Then I realized that the guy probably was responding to the gun on my hip, and the spare mag carrier on the other. So I’d gotten a drive-by criticism. It was a “drive-by” or a “hit and run” because a charge was made with no possibility of a response.
At the risk of over-analyzing; I’ve often said that the left were cowards, and this response reinforces that assertion. The hit-and-run commenter could make the case that he was afraid of confronting an armed man (but then why say anything at all?) but I say he was afraid of what he himself might do in a straight-up conversation.
Two points then. One; the haters simply cannot help themselves– they’ll blurt out their hate reflexively, without hesitation. Two; they’re afraid, both of themselves (they know they’ll embarrass themselves by their own behavior) and of a fair contest in which their assertions might be challenged and laid bare. When you point out a hater’s hate, they hate you for it. Their hate is projected upon you, so as to make you the source of the hate…
In fact of course he had nothing at all to fear. I would simply have said something like, “Do you keep a fire extinguisher in your home?…”