I'm here today to talk to you about open carry. Open Carry is the carrying of a weapon in plain view. Think "Police Officers". They carry their guns in plain view. You may have heard that the NRA is trying to push Florida Legislators to vote in favor of open carry in 2013. Some of you may be in favor of this. Some of you will not. Let's look at this for a minute before any of us make a decision. Florida used to be an open carry state up until 1987, when it was changed to concealed. "Yeah, but not many people carry a concealed weapon." As of June 30, 2012, there were 944,582 ACTIVE concealed weapon permits. The 2011 census shows that Florida had a population of 19,057,542. That's a 1:20 ratio. Let's look at it this way. When you shop at Wal-Mart in Florida, 10 people are carrying a loaded weapon. When you are paying at the register, somebody in line behind you has a loaded firearm. "Guns are dangerous and kill people." Really? How many times have you been shot at Wal-Mart? Target? The drug store? Publix? None?! Shocker. Guns do not kill people. Baseball bats do not kill people. Axes do not kill people. Automobiles do not kill people. People kill people. The jealous wife shoots her cheating husband. The robber shoots the clerk. The gun did nothing. I have owned a gun EVERY DAY of my life from the time I was 8. I still have my first gun.......and it still hasn't killed anyone. "Open carry will incite panic. People won't want to go anywhere if there's a bunch of guns." You lock the doors in your car while you drive. You have smoke alarms and burglar alrms in your home. Why? Because they make you feel safe. Wouldn't you feel much safer knowing that if someone tries to rob the store you are in someone can protect you? Maybe the guns on the side of their hips prevent the crime altogether? Now, the clerk, everyone in the store and all of their families were all saved because the crook seen a revolver through the glass. Or look at it from this angle. You put a sign in your front yard advertising that you have ADT or another home alarm company. You have a flashing red light on the dashboard of your car to alert passersby that you have an alarm. Why? To lessen the chance of a break in or theft. Why not do the same for your person? Surely it is better to protect yourself over a car or home. That gun may save your life without even having to use it! "Well, if you just have your gun all hanging out for everyone to see, the bad guy can just come up and take it from you." First, it's not just hanging out there. Open carry holsters have things in place to retain the gun in it's holster to prevent this. Most holsters are designed to prevent the removal of a weapon from a holster when pulled from the rear or the side. Some have snapped straps. Some have catches that hug the back of the weapon. Some have lever activated locks. Also, the bad guy is going to assume that if you are carrying it, you know how to use it and are probably trained to use it quickly and accurately. Him grabbing your gun will cause you to fight back and cause a struggle, thus defeating the purpose of having the gun. The bad guy wants to make this as easy for himself as possible and rolling around on the floor with you is not in his half-assed plan. Open carry is no different than concealed carry other than you can see the weapon. There won't be anymore accidents than carrying concealed. There's not going to be wild west type shoot outs over parking spaces. Crime is not going to go up. The State will be safer for it. Please vote in favor of the open carry should it come to vote. Please vote Sheriffs, legislators, etc. who are in favor of open caryy, or, at least, pro 2nd Amendment. Please share this with your friends by posting on forums, blogs, facebook and other social media websites.