I wouldn't go so far as to call this an anti. I think this is a reasonable position to hold on the matter, and is not necessarily adversarial to the general concensus of this forum, I think. Hell, I will even go so far as to say that mandatory training is a concession *I* would be willing to make (although you may not).
Unfortunately, the real problem with that idea is that it would essentially amount to a permit system, which is where the idea breaks down. But, let's be clear here, that doesn't make his position an opposing one, merely a slightly-different-flavored one.
As for whether to scratch him off the friendly list, that's easy. If he has a storefront, does he allow open carry on his property? Simple as that.
To paraphrase a wise saying: Don't let ideal be the enemy of 'a step in the right direction'.
For some people, it is hard to think that the general public could handle this kind of responsibility. Hell, I have a hard time believing it. But, to better understand it, compare it to something else...
A while back, I found myself in San Francisco on a job for a few weeks (I know, eww. Work is work). It was the first time I had been there, and seen the cable cars in person. The thing that stands out in my mind was just how crazy it was, in the sense that this thing will just stop in the middle of an intersection, and people jump on and off, and it just works. No mass deaths, no terrible accidents. Then I thought about what it would be like to try to propose such a system of mass-transit today.
"Yeah, so we got these train cars. They are gonna be kinda like busses, but open air. People can jump on and off, sometimes while moving, and everyone will be fine. Oh, and don't ask about how the brakes work, just trust us."
It would never happen! Now, for those of you that have never seen these things live and in person, you may not be able to relate to what I am saying, so I'll just sum it up as this.. In todays society, we have a hard time believing that our fellow man is competent enough to eat their own cereal in the morning, let alone operate a 2-ton missile, or carry a loaded firearm. It may take some time to prove that to everyone, and it may take baby steps. But remember, those baby steps give US a chance to prove our case, that all hell WON'T break loose. Don't let your desire for the endpoint cloud your view of the path to get there.
I see no need to make enemies of people that are largely on our side. Don't give up on the sheeple either. If we truly want to see our agenda come to fruition, we still have a LOT of minds to change.
How do you cook a frog? Turn up the heat _slowly_.