The other night at dinner with several couples, the conversation turned to the Va Tech massacre and the fact that it appeared no one attempted to subdue the madman even considering he must have stopped to reload at least a dozen times or so. I couldn't help myself and offered the fact that law abiding students, teachers, employees and visitors to the university were prohibited from exercising their legal right to carry weapons to defend themselves thus encouraging only the bad guys to do so. Of course, one of the wives at the table erupted immediately stating that the "old west was gone forever" and accused me of supporting a "shootout situation" where more people would have been killed. This grew substantially worse when I told her I carried the vast majority of the time she's been in my presence and not once did I manage to start a "wild west shootout". She didn't like any of that one. Actually, my leg is still sore from my wife kicking me under the table in an attempt to stop me. When the "discussion" got a little bit too loud for the neighboring tables, I finally asked her how she'd feel if she and her 3 kids were shopping in Walmart when a madman like the one at Va Tech pulled weapons and started killing people. Then, as the madman approached her and her children with the intent to do the same to them, a good citizen pulled his concealed weapon and managed to put a few holes in the madmans heart just before he threatened her family. I asked her whether she'd hug him or yell at him for intervening to save her family and whether or not she'd accuse him of being a "cowboy" or a "hero". The long silent pause was rewarding, but too short. She stated matter of factly that "if no one had guns, there would be no madman in Walmart or anywhere else". When she asked me if I had my gun with me, I told her I wasn't legally permitted to do so since the law prohibits me from carrying any place liquor is served and that my weapon was in my car. The conversation stopped abruptly after I asked her and everyone else at the table to take a long good look around the several hundred people in the establishment and try to pick out the potential bad guy in the crowd. I added while glaring at her, "I certainly hope, whoever he is, that he obeys the law as well as I did, or......YOU'RE ON YOUR OWN TONIGHT!!!!