Right now we see a lot of discourse on social media where people readily get aggressive and offensive with each other, because they’re shielded by the barriers that a screen and keyboard provide.
Unfortunately, we’re also seeing that dynamic frequently spill over into face to face interactions as well, sometimes with severe consequences. As armed defenders, we have to acknowledge that every confrontation we’re a part of has the potential to become a gunfight….cuz we brought a gun!
Even if you don’t regularly carry a firearm, it’s worth asking yourself whether or not instigating a hostile exchange is a good idea? You don’t know this person, what their values are, or what kind of day their having. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: You’re only the good guy in YOUR mind, and the “other guy” might not see it that way. Violence of Mind covers this in great detail. You should really get a copy: https://amzn.to/2pIk7d2
That’s not to say that engaging with those with whom you disagree is a BAD idea, but there’s a huge difference between disagreeing, and being disagreeable. Do you know how to have that conversation without being a combative asshole? Verbal Judo https://amzn.to/2rbl91w and How to Win Friends & Influence People https://amzn.to/2QFjQTm are great resources to hone those skills.
If you do have those interactions treat it like a sparring session, not an actual battle or national level competition….. Or don’t. It’s your time and emotional capital. Spend it how you wish.