My argument for those that are not in agreement with OC is this.
People are not used to seeing a citizen with a pistol open because we have been brow beaten to see things as others want them. WE are a civilized society, we are so much past the wild west. And to that I call Bull Pucky! We are still people that live in a dangerous world. And when seconds matter police are minutes away. We have a right to protect ourselves and I see no tactical advantage to hiding a weapon.Criminals do that too, but I don't think it has to do with tactical advantage. I thin it has more to do with I want to put this gun somewhere and I have not found a holster to steal yet. So I just put it in my waistband. Bottom line is gun owners have allowed non gun owners to dictate weather or not they are allowed to follow the law. That makes a ton of sense to me. Being I know they have my best interest at heart......right?
I have yet to see or hear of an OC person having their gun taken from them while it is still in a holster. I'll wager that if thy have had their weapon taken from them they had it happen while it was in their hand and they just didn't have the acorns to drop the hammer and where trying to scare the bad guy.
The only big advantage CC has is other people can't see you have a gun so they don't call the cops on you. If more people exorcised their right to carry open then maybe people wouldn't get their civilized dope smoking hippy arses out of joint so easily. A right is a right is a right. To support one and say the other si not important makes us hypocrites. You don't have to agree with open carry. But you all should be willing to defend the right as adamantly as any other right we still posses. I despise flag burning in protest but I wont allow the free expression to be hindered.
Now in saying that I will add this.
There are asshats in the world. And some of those cheeked hatstands will call a cop about you carrying open. And that will get some LEO out to visit with you. Do yourself and every other gun owner a favor and don't be a combative douche. Be friendly and allow the officer to get through and you both are on your way in just a sec. This will do you and everyone else a great service as cops will start to remember and they are not going to stop and shake you down time and again. They most the time really have more important things to do. Remember while you are exorcizing your rights to police you are a man with a gun they cot a call on. and you have on idea what the caller said. They might have made you out to be some nut. And acting like an ass will not help that. You can be firm in your rights and still be friendly.
If open carry is legal then there should never be a reason for curtailing it. I wouldn't be too high on doing it on a really crowded place but I usually don't find myself in really crowded places anyway. And when I am I usually don't have a gun on me. I opt for a knife that is both easier to keep track of and I think is of better use in very close conditions.
I'm proud of you Tack, you tried something and had a good time. It's always great when there are gatherings like that and everyone gets along contrary to what libs think has to happen. You where around a bunch of gun toting people and no one went on a killing spree. I'm sure it was hard to keep your composure..