Everyone here knows I am a pretty liberal guy and I run with a lot of even more liberal people. We tend to go to quite a few parties where I am by far the most conservative person in the room. The type of parties with lots of school teachers, nurses, social workers, etc. I enjoy these get togethers but I seldom get too involved in any heavy conversations. Political talk usually stays to a minimum since we are all mature adults who have little reason to argue about things we cannot change. The talk usually centers around microbrews, theater, reality TV, education, and personal talk. There has been a trend lately that has been bringing me to the front of the conversations. That thing is the topic of handguns and self defense. Even among these very liberal, and sometimes even leftist, people the topic of protecting one's self has been coming up more and more. I have really noticed it happening more over the last few years. It usually starts with one person making a comment about needing to get an alarm or something or with someone coming up to me and saying "Hey, x told me you have some guns and would be a good person to ask a question about getting a gun for the house." Then it usually evolves into a full conversation about self defense and how it is a good idea to be prepared for the worst these days. So far I have found the attitudes of almost all people involved to be very positive. They range from active desire to get a gun to curious interest in the realities of being prepared. In fact, just last night as we were leaving a local restaurant a single lady friend turned to me and said "I need to talk to you about helping me learn to shoot and pick out a handgun. I get nervous at home alone these days." There is no real point to this story, it is just surprising to me how common this has become lately.