"...the last thing I'm going to ask is "is that a REAL AK47?"
You know, this kind of attitude always puzzles me:
I've had guns pointed at me in damnedly hostile situations of random urban (and rural) crime - and each and every time, my layman's knowledge of firearms has at the very least helped me to contextualise the level of threat I was under. Once it helped me realise I was in no danger at all, as the weapon being brandished was safe.
Now, I didn't say anything about the 'on' safety then, nor did I do anything except *exactly* what I was told in each circumstance: I'm not a hero.
Nor do I own a gun, nor will I ever own a gun. My knowledge never made me do anything that I wouldn't do, it simply provided me with a slight feeling of knowing a bit better what was going on and the limitations of the threat at the time, which is IMHO better than "agh fire stick makes death come to those it points at"
Maybe it's just me, but the knowledge that some weapons will fire through certain walls and others can barely be trusted to hit you at 200ft - that's always seemed like useful knowledge. Far better than say, having taken a self defence lesson or two and thinking I'm capable of defending myself against an unknown assailant.
Don't get me wrong, I'm no urban crime commando: I'm just extremely unlucky and have been in a couple of hairy situations. But this whole "what difference does it make, it was a GUN" thing doesn't stand up to a lot of scrutiny IMHO.
Mine's the grenade icon, cos if I ever come across one of them, I'd like to know the difference between "pin in" and "pin out" ;-)
And yes, I'll accept the "on topic, non-divergent, non-tangental comment of the year award" now, thanks...