The other day my son walked into my office as we were getting ready to leave for a family evening out. I was stuffing a 1911 into a IWB holster on my belt. The conversation went something like this:
Son: “Dad, are you taking a gun with us?”
Son: “You do that all the time?”
Son: “I never noticed.”
Me: “You’re not supposed to.”
Son: “Why do you carry a gun? You’re not a cop anymore.”
Son: “From what? Criminals?”
Me: “Bad people.”
Son: “Are there a lot of bad people?”
Son: “How do ya know?”
Me: “I’ve seen ’em.”
Son…After some thought: “Makes sense to me.” And he turned and walked out…Unafraid.
Moral of the story: Kids can often better understand problems many adults find complex and feel the need to politicize. And, apparently, cowboys don’t have a monopoly on logic.