I agree with you to a certain point about us needing to keep our 2A rights secure. But keep in mind that our founding fathers wanted us to have our 2A rights but they also allowed that local governments could put some restrictions on our rights for the good of other people. The main reason that they did that was so that people could live in safety. And they understood that there might be a time when limitations were needed. They didn't like it but they allowed for it. Trouble is that the anti-gun crowd keep pushing their points too just like this guy did with open carry.
Go back through the local newspaper articles from many years ago. Back in the day of black powder firearms, it was not unusual for those pieces to cause fires that could burn down woodlands, prairies, buildings and so on when there were periods of extreme drought. In those days, notices were sometimes issued to be careful about shooting your firearms or use of firearms were denied, except under extreme emergencies like Indian attacks and such, to keep accidental fires from happening. Later on, because a number of people were accidentally shot by drunken cowboys partying too hard, some cities like Tombstone, Dodge City and so on banned the carrying of firearms inside their corporate limits. So some of our anti-gun problems have been actually brought on against us by other people who recklessly used firearms a number of times. This guy, trying to prove his point, is as bad as any rabid anti-gunner that I have ever met. Radicals at both ends will be our undoing.
In some states open carry is legal which is fine and I like that idea. BUT the problem remains that even inside of those states there may be localities that don't want open carry for one reason or another and that it their right to deny open carry. We, as responsible people, have a need to know what is right and what is illegal where we live, work and travel. Sure, we can't know 100% of the time what all the local laws are but we can use common sense like many of our founding fathers wanted us to do. And pushing points does not help us further our rights to own and use firearms. Instead of helping us legal and cautious gun owners, this man put the onus on all of us with his conduct. The onus, where firearms are concerned, should be placed firmly against those that would deny you and me our rights to own guns and against criminals who illegally use guns. He drew unwanted, unneeded and undesired attention to all firearms owners. He made us look bad by pushing a point his way.
I will tell you right now that I have zero intention of ever giving up my 2A rights. I will fight tooth and nail to deny the anti-gunners their ability to take away your and my firearms. But to defeat these anti-gun people we need to intelligently fight them at every turn. We need to be able to ridicule them and make their arguments seem without merit. This guy pushing his point does the opposite and makes us look bad instead.
By the way, nice to meet another veteran. Welcome home.