I noticed that the ever-well-reasoned, thoughtful and politely handled OC v. CC discussion broke out at ENDO-Mike’s place.
Now I usually avoid internet drama (except when I wade in to an argument to point out the logical fallacies and poor use of rhetorical devices with no intent of adding to the actual discussion, just being that guy *g*) but this one pops up regularly and annoys me. In this case the anti-OC folks have no facts whatsoever and freely admit it. They stoop to name-calling and unsupported statements and assume that is actually making a valid point. This is the case more often than not in this particular argument even when Heap-Big-Famous-Firearms-Instructors™ are involved.
Yes, you can find the extremely rare case where someone open carrying is attacked immediately. The last time I really got into one of these discussions the other guy could only name incidents where it was clerks/owners at gun stores, and I would posit that if you have made up your mind to rob a gun store while someone is there, you’re probably already willing to shoot someone. But mostly it just doesn’t happen.
If you are going to OC – use a decent retention holster; don’t let people close enough to you that they can try to snatch your gun; if that can’t be avoided (such as a crowded place) be hyper-vigilant, and if you have an interaction with someone who is bothered by it or an LEO be polite. Other than that – carry how you want.
Oh, and to everyone who thinks that OC hurts gun rights by “frightening the sheep” and that California open carriers got OC banned there – f*&% off
because let’s face it, this topic ALWAYS requires some drama 😉