Originally Posted by lostprofit
I doubt that we're dealing with evil genius, criminal masterminds here.
One doesn't need to be very smart to take out the person who is clearly holding a gun. You're needlessly making yourself a target. Let's say you're in the bank and a BG comes in with the intent to rob the bank.
Now, stop right there... you'd like to assume he will see you with your big bad gun and run away with his tail between his legs. Sure, that's a possibility. However, he might just as well decide to shoot you before you even know he's a BG and go on about robbing the bank.
Perhaps you're went the movies and now you're heading to your car. It's dark and the parking lot is empty. Someone with less than good intentions saw you walking around with your gun. Perhaps they will avoid provoking a situation. Or maybe they'll just take you out before you're aware there's a situation. Perhaps they just wanted to rob you, but hey, now they're getting a free gun to.
So, you can just as easily provoke a situation by carrying it out in the open. It's like advertising that you have guns in your home. They'll just wait for the right time to strike. Perhaps they'll wait until you go somewhere you can't carry your gun and have to leave it in the car. Guess what? Free gun. And criminals love free guns.
The element of surprise, you've lost in. And in the process likely you're making yourself a target as well. It's just not smart to open carry in public. You're just making people around you uncomfortable. Will most likely attract the wrong kind of attention from LEOs. Same can be said for criminals.
These people aren't evil geniuses. But that majority of them aren't stupid. Hell, they could be stupid and still you've screwed yourself in all these situations. Especially if they'll do whatever it takes to get what they want.
Nope, I'd rather anyone besides family and very close friends assume I don't have ANY guns, period.