This article and some of the comments to it give an insight into how the other side feels. As an experiment, the author (who is antigun) bought a gun while taking the minimum number of actions required by law, and set out to open carry for a month.
She relates how scared she is. Well, yes, she has zero training and experience, and is carrying a Glock, which in my judgment is not the gun for a beginner.
"Tony told me a Glock doesn’t have an external safety feature, so when I got home and opened the box and saw the magazine in the gun I freaked. I was too scared to try and eject it as thoughts flooded my mind of me accidentally shooting the gun and a bullet hitting my son in the house or rupturing the gas tank of my car, followed by an earth-shaking explosion. This was the first time my hands shook from the adrenaline surge and the first time I questioned the wisdom of this 30-day experiment."
She has to drive the firearm to a police officer to have him unload it. One commenter notes "Even to make a point, I wouldn’t be able to do this. I give you a lot of credit for doing this Heidi and look forward to reading more about your experience."