I have never seen the barrel of a gun before...now I have and it was unnerving.

 

First, let me set the record straight:

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This picture is NOT the picture of the gun that was pointed at me. This is a stock photo. I did not feel comfortable taking a picture of the gun pointed at me. Second record to set straight - I am NOT anti gun. I'm not a snowflake liberal who wants to take your gun. I don't think it is necessary to have automatic weapons in the hands of anyone but the military. But beyond that, if you are a responsible gun owner - go for it. It may not be my cup of tea, but if you are being lawful, then you have that right.

Now let me explain what happened. I was shopping at BJ's in Portland. I was pushing my cart looking for a pallet of something when I came behind an older couple. The man and woman, looking like mid 60's, had Harley Davidson shirts on. The man had a holster that he was wearing like a backpack. Two straps over both shoulders. But the gun, over his left shoulder, was pointed directly at me. I was looking directly into the barrel of that gun.

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It was in the pocket of the holster, but it appeared like he wasn't wearing it correctly or maybe that's how it works. I have no idea. Nor have I ever looked directly into the barrel of a gun. I didn't say anything...I didn't tell anyone. Maybe I should have...I really don't know. I just simply got away from the man. I found something sort of like it on Amazon. It's not exact..but it does show the gun pointing behind him.

I wasn't exactly scared, but I was shocked. I didn't fear for my life or anything like that...it just felt weird and wrong. I'm sure there will be people who say, suck it up buttercup. It's not against the law to open carry with a permit in Maine. I don't know if I would have even given it a second thought had it not been pointed at me. If it was in a holster to his side and pointing down, it wouldn't have been weird. But it wasn't pointing down..it was pointing at me.