It bothers me a bit when I see the state and its people vilified as a lot. I have plenty of friends and co-workers who don't believe in the right to bear arms. And they're good people too. If I can show them that 1) I own/like guns and 2) possession of inanimate objects doesn't make me an uncaring raging lunatic... Then, to me, it's an incremental win. Tolerance, like kindness, is reciprocal and someone has to start the cycle. Hardline stance by either side will only deepen the divide (and we all lose). Same goes for our national politics.