Good Lord. "..don't appear like gun owners...?" How the hell do gun owners "appear" on average? Disheveled? Mumbling to themselves? Wearing gang-related sports apparel?Shelly Bates, a Beacon Hill resident and mother of three, feels that if she went on one of the patrols, she's not sure she'd ask who's carrying a gun—in large part because she doesn't want to know. "I'm not sure I'd be ready to deal with [people carrying guns on the walk]," she says, adding that while she realizes she probably should ask the parents of her kids' playdates if they have guns at home, she doesn't do that either. "They don't appear like gun owners to me, but you ask a question like that and people you never thought might be. It could change your whole perspective of what you think of them. I'm not sure I could deal with that information."
Even worse is the fact that she feels she just couldn't deal with that knowledge about a neighbor!
Ah... such a tolerant, open-minded, highly-strung city.