Sorry to disagree, but that’s a very nice reputation to have... you’re tough, good - and arming innocents. That ‘dangerous’ to certain elements of our society... feel good about this - the person saying it might not have known, but it’s a high compliment.
The person that said it is a good friend, and very, very smart. What struck me was that it was kind of an off the cuff remark, not intended as a compliment. It gave me some moments of introspection.
Overall, I think it is a good reputation to have. I have worked even harder at being careful of what I say. I will stand up for what I believe is right, but I try not to make unnecessary enemies. I would rather convince someone to be an ally, and it is harder to do if you have offended them.