A potentially lethal weapon should not be synonymous with jewelry. One does not carry a weapon as a fashion statement.
Regular readers know that I, the Common Constitutionalist, “packs heat,” as a friend from the gym says. He’s former Marine force recon, so I let the slang go.
Readers also know I prefer open carry to concealed carry for reasons explained here.
In short, I open carry to make a statement. No, not a fashion statement or some highfalutin constitutional reason as one might expect. I open carry for one reason. It’s a sign, a banner to any would-be attacker: “Leave me the *%$# alone.” That’s it. It’s no more complicated than that.
Being that I open carry, one would naturally conclude that I would be all for the group “Open Carry Texas” bringing their weapons into restaurants such as Chili’s, Chipotle, and Sonic, which they did.
To that I would say – WRONGO! Just because you can do something doesn’t mean you should.
There has to be some common sense applied to Open Carry. I wouldn’t sling my shotgun over my back and walk into the nearest McDonald’s because it is my Second Amendment right to do so. That’s absurd! And by the way, it isn’t. Remember, these are private businesses.
I am in full agreement with the NRA on this matter. These stunts are more than likely to have unwanted consequences.1
“These consequences could be simple and transitory, such as watching a trophy buck bound away into the woods after missing a shot from an improperly sighted rifle,” NRA-ILA said. “They could also be lasting and consequential, such as turning an undecided voter into an anti-gun voter because of causing that person fear or offense.”
Sam Rolley at Personalliberty.com reported on the “Open Carry Texas” group quoting an open carry diner at a Chipotle restaurant in Dallas: “We all had different types of long guns, some people had shotguns. I personally carry an AK-47,” Alex Clark, an Open Carry Texas member who attended the lunch, told CBS. “There were AR-15s there. The rifles were loaded. There’s no reason to carry an unloaded weapon – it wouldn’t do any good.”
Borrowing a word from Tommy Vietor: “Dude, you’re a moron. What did you think was going to happen?”
It seems these rubes are more interested in a fight than furthering the cause of gun rights.
Evidently those who run Open Carry Texas didn’t think too highly of this idea either – coming out with a statement against the practice saying that their objective is open carry of handguns, not AK-47s.
Rolley went on to quote the NRA’s message to Texas gun toters and it was plain:
“Let’s not mince words, not only is it rare [open carry of rifles], it’s downright weird and certainly not a practical way to go normally about your business while being prepared to defend yourself. To those who are not acquainted the dubious practice of using public displays of firearms as a means to draw attention to oneself or one’s cause, it can be downright scary. It makes folks who might normally be perfectly open-minded about firearms feel uncomfortable and question the motives of pro-gun advocates.”
So put down your AR and be reasonable. You’re not likely to be attacked by a bear or the Taliban on the streets of your average American city or town, and if you are a .45 will do just nicely.