What should I do??? (my friends are anti-gun)
Apologies if this is posted in the wrong forum section. I looked at the other forum sections, but I couldn't think of a better place to put it.
Here is my problem: I live in Northern Virginia. Virginia is pro-gun, but many people in NoVa are from other states, and aren't comfortable around firearms (including my closest friends).
I have only been a gun owner for less than a year, and when I started buying guns, I didn't think it would be an issue.
In fact, I didn't even mention to my friends that I am a gun owner, since I feel that it is a non-issue.
Recently, I was hanging out with my friends and the issue of guns came up, and I mentioned that I'm a gun owner.
I was really surprised that my friends reacted with concern, as if finding out that I own guns is scary, or frightening.
One of my friends said that she thinks that "no one should be allowed to own guns," and my other friends seem to be frightened of the fact that I own guns. Another of my friends said that only the police should be allowed to have guns.
These are my closest friends, and I really care about them, so I am not going to stop being friends with them. They are also part of my church community, so we spend a lot of time together.
But since finding out that I own guns, one of my friends said he doesn't want to hang out with me unless I get rid of the guns. Some of my other friends haven't said that (at least not yet), but they don't want to hang out at my apartment, since there are guns there (in my gun safe).
I was planning on being room mates with one of these friends, but now I know that he is very uncomfortable around firearms, even if they are locked up.
I don't want to upset my friends, but I also feel that I should be able to own guns, since it is a constitutional right.
But my friends don't see it that way. One of my friends said that he never wants to own a gun, and that I don't need guns either.
I even talked to my pastor about it, and he doesn't like guns either (he said that I shouldn't feel offended, since he wouldn't even trust himself with a firearm).
I have tried explaining to my friends about how gun ownership is an important constitutional right, and how guns are a useful tool for self-defense, but they listen to what I'm saying, and tell me that they still disagree with me.
They are practically appalled at the idea of owning guns for self-defense.
They also seem horrified that I own "more than one gun," and they feel that owning multiple guns is especially concerning.
I have tried mentioning all the pro-gun explanations I can think of (examples of self-defense from the news, "guns don't kill people, people kill people", "guns save lives", etc).
But my friends still disagree with me, and keep telling me that I need to get rid of my guns.
I love my friends, and I don't want my gun ownership to upset them.
But at the same time, I also consider my 2nd Amendment rights to be important. I don't want to sell my guns.
Has anyone else been in a similar situation?
What should I do?