TheQ speaks truth... I'll be so brave as to add to his post....
3. To many people the sight of a gun is a reminder that they themselves do not have the courage to defend their loved ones.. or themselves. They know deep inside that when confronted by a violent criminal they will fall to the ground, wet themselves, and beg for mercy while the criminal has his way with their family and them too because at heart they are a coward. But, in order to save their own ego, it is impossible to admit to being a coward so their fear of failing and self hatred for being a coward is projected onto the gun that reminded them of their inner cowardice.
This is why a rabid anti gunner walks up to a person carrying a gun and angrily states they feel "intimidated" and/or "scared" when, in reality, if they were truly "intimidated" or "scared" they would avoid any contact. They are NOT afraid or intimidated... they are furious to be reminded that they are a coward.
This is also why supposedly "manly men" bristle up, strut, and make silly insults about the person carrying a gun in an attempt to dominate. They are also cowards and instinctively know that in the man world of measuring manliness the gun carrier outdicked them without even bothering to get into the contest. And for guys like that it is just unimaginably infuriating when they are outdicked by a woman carrying a gun.
4. Many people also know that they themselves do not have the self control to have a gun anywhere near them because if they did they would use the gun to settle the smallest of perceived insults. They fear what they would do with a gun and project that fear onto everyone else arrogantly assuming that everyone is just like them... angry little people willing to use a gun to dominate. I actually have a small degree of admiration for these people because they know themselves well enough to not have a gun... but they also annoy me to no end because they think everyone shouldn't have a gun.
Gun control isn't about the gun at all.... it is all about fragile egos, lack of self esteem, desire to dominate, and inner fears. And an openly carried gun is a slap in the face to all of those things.
My, my, I did ramble a bit.