We would have definitely bonded!
AndyC wrote: Some very annoyed Gaelic would have been heard, had that been me; I'd have had little shame in putting that man in his place, right sharpish.
Jumping Frog wrote: Boy, I would have been very vocal and pointed in expressing my displeasure.
If people don't realize they should [sic. "not"] step on my toes, they will continue to do so.
SRH78 wrote:There is no excuse for that. We would have had words.
"Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda!"I feel properly chastised!
In retrospect, neither I nor the clerk did this fellow any good by being silent. He will blithely go on his way in ignorance. I just hope he doesn't do the same thing with a pistol where a round has been left in the chamber.
While I did some shooting with a .22 rifle almost 50 years ago as a teenager, my only experience with handguns began a year ago. I started out by taking lessons from the very beginning and feel very good about my gun safety, self-defense training, and marksmanship. However, over 40 years in academe has programmed me to be non-confrontational. This is something I will need to work on. If I broke one of the safety rules, my teacher was not shy about getting in my face and YELLING
! I guess I need to set some personal boundaries where I will not tolerate unsafe gun handling that could put me or others at risk. I will have to do some practice scenarios to get used to responding to this type of situation.
This encounter does point out that there are potentially a lot of new gun purchasers who have little or no training in gun safety. It would be nice if some of the local gun stores would offer a free one-hour seminar once a week on "Gun Safety for the First Time Gun Buyer." Who knows, such seminars might attract more buyers into the store.
Thanks for all of your comments.