I was OC'ing around our neighborhood on the 4th. A couple of my daughter's friends (about 7 years old) came up to me. One commented that she liked my "holster thing", then asked if it was a real gun.
"Yes", I replied.
"Not a pepper spray?"
Pause while she digests this.
"How come you carry a gun?"
The other girl then chimed in "My dad has a sword," but I could see on her face that she had already come to the conclusion of who was better protected. The parents of both were within earshot of the whole exchange. Both sets of parents are what I would classify as passive anti's, but the kids are still coming over to our house to play, so maybe some headway was made.
Part of the problem right now is that the other side has done an effective job of making a lot of people just plain scared of guns. That's part of the reason OC is so important. Every time they see us out, armed, and just going about our business it undoes that gun-fear just a little bit.