What is wrong with open carrying for desensitation and assimilation purposes. If people only see guns on tv from bad guys and cops, then they'll think they (cops and bad guys) are the only ones that should have it. Just like the gay/flame movement. I dont agree with it, but they made it more acceptable and tolerable by making public displays. Its called normalcy. I definately object to the notion that only military and cops should be the only ones to open carry in a populated urban environment. I dont think you should oc to make a statement by trying to "pick a fight" with cops either.
As far as the "average" robber/thief/criminal/thug going after the person open carrying, dont buy it all. If the average thief goes to the convenience store to rob and sees someone oc'ing they are going to turn around. If the average thief goes to the conveniece store to rob and sees a cop they are goiing to turn around. However, what you should be leary of is the dead set, dont care if they kill, hardened criminal. He is going to do whatever it takes, oc'er, cop, doesnt matter. He is going to die trying. The average criminal is going to try and stay away from potential danger to self.
If I was dead set on robbing a store with a cop and an oc'er both inside, Im shooting the cop in the face. Point blank, why? Not the gun, the radio. Sure, people can dial 911 on cell phones, but we both know cops will respond with a little more gusto if they think one of their brothers in blue is in trouble. If you're willing to commit murder to further a crime, it is not gonna matter if it is a civilian or a cop. Either way its life or the needle.
Im not saying oc'ing is better than cc. Both have pro/cons. Deterance, speed, climate (both extreme heat and extreme cold makes oc'ing friendlier). They both have pro/cons but EVERYBODY should be able to oc/cc/CC on their land or public land or in a rural setting or in a highly populated urban setting because they want to not because you think only cops and military should. They should be able to choose by themselves, based on their own experiences & philosophies on whether to carry openly or concealed.
Fight for the Second Amendment, all of it, not just the part that fits your lifestyle or what you view it should be.
"The Marines I have seen around the world have, the cleanest bodies, the filthiest minds, the highest morale, and the lowest morals of any group of animals I have ever seen. Thank God for the United States Marine Corps." Eleanor Roosevelt, 1945