Because I Can’t Let Well Enough Alone

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 😉

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One response to “Because I Can’t Let Well Enough Alone

  • Bob S.

    I always have to laugh when I hear of the so called “gun lobby”; as if we are all one monolithic block, out throwing money at politicians, buying their votes.

    We, as gunnies, are just as much of a splintered community as any other set of hobbyists.

    In regards to this:
    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.

    That is pretty much the same advice we would give anyone driving a high value car, wearing expensive jewelry or revealing clothing. To go beyond that (as so many do) is to a.) blame the victim and b.) cast criminals as unthinking animals unable to control themselves.

    I reject both idea.

    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

    Least we forget, it took Washington D.C. banning handguns in order to get the Supreme Court to finally recognize an individual right to keep and bear arms. Sometimes good things can come from bad laws.

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