At the end of today's workout a young BB asked me about gun disarms, weapons retention, and related issues. I pulled out the wooden gun and demo'ed the things I've picked up in the last few years at camp from the likes of Maloney sensei, Bedard sensei and others. I work on these techniques on my own and they went very well.
At one point doing a retention he really held on and said what do you do now? Well, out came a knife in my weakside hand and I said I'd just hack off his fingers or something worse if he did not let go.
I just showed him the knife, and made no attempt to hack anything but his eyes got really big! This is when he realized that this 'stuff' we do is serious. He said he just could not do something to really hurt anyone. Rich - do you really carry a knife? A gun? I'll never tell. This is when he admitted a real fear of guns.
So, as Van sensei has stated many times, we need to explore our student's mindset and not assume they know why they study martial arts.