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I've got a t-shirt that says "I support the right to arm bears". It's got a surprisingly realistic picture of a bear holding a hunting rifle. People often tell me they like it. All kinds of people. I think it's sort of an inkblot that people can interpret however they want, and they always see it as a sentiment in line with their own views. (My wife hates it when I wear it in public.)
It's hard to say for sure what people are thinking just from the comment, "I like your shirt", which is about as far as it usually goes, but I was wearing it when I was approached by one of those 9/12 guys. He seemed to think I was a likely ally. I can imagine him thinking, "Now there's a guy who hates gun regulations!" If the person who approached me seems more urbane I'll often say "Hey, even the odds, right?” and that gets a chuckle.
Got any good ones? Thanks for the poll, mettle fatigue!