I made the mistake of ending up in a semi-political conversation with a coworker again. This one insisted on talking guns. She didn't seem to understand the concepts of guns being produced in both automatic and semiautomatic versions, but that was the least of it.
First, she brought up "Bowling for Columbine" and the banks shown in it giving away free rifles for opening certain accounts. I tried to explain that they run background checks and that the whole deal is not the way a criminal gets a gun. She didn't respond to my points, but instead went on to talk about Virginia Tech.
She said that we need to design schools with inward-opening doors to each classroom so that people can barricade themselves in, hopefully safe from the shooter. I pointed out that those in the first room fired upon would still be victims, and that a would-be victim with a weapon could end the situation much more efficently than any barricades.
She did say that she plans to get a permit to carry a concealed weapon as soon as she can afford both the permit and the handgun, but did not feel that allowing people to be armed would be the solution. I really have trouble understanding those who think that a gun won't help anyone except themselves. But there was to be no convincing this woman. She is okay with disarmament, okay with smoking bans, and yet feels that she is most closely aligned with libertarianism...
I really need to work with different people, I think.