Originally Posted by gadrooning
Look nobody is saying that your gun rights are wrong or should be diminished in anyway. Quite the contrary. The main question which everyone seems to be dodging is simple and it is this.
Why OC carry even when is in your legal rights ( again no one is contesting this ) when you can CC carry without scaring the neighbors.
I'll tell you why noone is answering this question, because there isn't a good reason. We as gun owners take on certain responsibilities to protect ourselves and people around us. So why in Sam hill would you intentionally scare people when you know it will. You can still carry a gun just CC it.
Silly why we would question the guy walking into the departmemt store in mid summer with a black trench coat, but won't question the guy that walked in with the AR. Doesn't seem like much sense to me. It really comes down to reasoning and intent.
Look I see your point about making a spectacle out of yourself or looking for attention. Yes you MAY carry your AR into the local ice cream shop. but why? I get it.
The best way to actually use your right and educate the public and LEO on the legal use of OC should probably start closer to home.
OC into the hardware store or drugstore you've been going to for years, wear it while cutting your grass or walking your dog in the park. When people see you carrying you wont just be some total stranger with a gun, it'll be people you've known for years, and when they ask, you can explain the rights and responsibilities of OC to them in a friendly manner, and hopefully more people will become comfortable with OC and spread the word.
I also like the organized park walks and such much more than a bunch of guys wearing tactical gear walking in force into the local Toys'R' Us.
I thought I heard in VA people would get together with their neighbors and go to the local diner while OC. It wasn't such a shock because they were going to eat at a place with friends they'd been going to for years, where people knew their faces and knew they were law abiding citizens.
It helped spread the word through respect and education, not shock and fear.
While it is their right to do so, the guy carrying an AK wearing a "F**k the Police" T-shirt doesnt help the image of responsible open carry, but there is nothing you can do to stop that guy from OC'ing without getting rid of everyones rights.
Since those people wont stop, not OC'ing yourself does nothing to improve the image to the general public. The only people they will see exercising that right will be the "fringe" types, and soon, see ya, bye bye OC.
By using OC responsibily and showing/educating the general public that "normal" people OC too, that can lessen the impact of the "fringe" types and attention seekers and ensure we retain our rights in the future.---------my respectful .02