Encounter at the park

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    Encounter at the park

    Over the weekend I had taken my five year old son to one of the state parks (Mirror Lake State Park) here in Wisconsin, when I encountered an individual who was open carrying a small pistol on his belt. He was there with who I thought was his son at the park also. As he came by I politely said hello. I was some what surprised when he simply scoffed and actually scowled at me as he walked by. I thought now here is a guy who was having a bad day, or thought he was a bad ass because he had a gun on his belt. I brushed my hand to my side and felt some what reassured that my concealed carry was discreetly hidden at my side. I led my son to another part of the play ground and kept an eye on this person as he wondered through the park/ beach area. I couldn’t help but wonder if he had a permit, seeing that a permit is required to carry in the state park system; and if he did have a conceal carry permit, why wouldn’t you conceal it? It just seams that to open carry gives away a tactical advantage. Let a lone to display an attitude that would only seem to feed the anti-gun people more fuel regarding the so call "gun toting types".
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    Maybe the guy is a jerk with or without a gun. As far as OCing...up to him if it is legal. There have been many threads on the pros and cons of OCing. A personal choice and I don't really care unless the are trying to start something and videotaping it for Youtube.
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    Meeting friendly people is the best part of OCing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dwep9419 View Post
    I couldn’t help but wonder if he had a permit, seeing that a permit is required to carry in the state park system; and if he did have a conceal carry permit, why wouldn’t you conceal it?
    Which just goes to show even pro-gun people mistrust open carry folks.
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    He's having a bad day, ignore him.
    Move on with living...

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    Probably self-conscious at having a little gun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MadMac View Post
    Which just goes to show even pro-gun people mistrust open carry folks.
    From where I'm standing, I think MadMac summed it up perfectly.
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    I know this has been discussed here, but i am not a big fan of open carry. It scares some people, and i also think it is not an advantage in most situations. Also, a higher than average percentage of the folks who open carry seem a bit weird, in my limited experience. Not all, of course, but more than one might expect. For most of us, let's be careful and discreet- let the bad guys wonder who might have a gun.
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    I wouldn't have a problem with someone because they were open carrying. I would give them the same regard as anyone else & react accordingly.

    The sour puss attitude might lead me to do as the OP did, & put some distance between us. Who needs that anyways?

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    Quote Originally Posted by chiefs-special-guy View Post
    I know this has been discussed here, but i am not a big fan of open carry. It scares some people, and i also think it is not an advantage in most situations. Also, a higher than average percentage of the folks who open carry seem a bit weird, in my limited experience. Not all, of course, but more than one might expect. For most of us, let's be careful and discreet- let the bad guys wonder who might have a gun.
    Sooo, you pro 2A or just pro CC? Got news for you. Folks that don't like guns don't like guns whether they can see them or not. In this encounter take away the gun from the picture and it is just a typical guy that likes to be left alone. I swear, sometimes folks on this forum are worse than the Brady Bunch. If someone isn;t doing it to be provacative for a You Tube video, let them express their rights.

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    OC guy was in a bad mood, or he is just a jerk. Theres one in every crowd...
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    I've met people like that and they weren't even carrying a gun.
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    I have as well. I put distance between my myself and sour people just to make my day better. Well, less cloudy at any rate.
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    Don't be too quick to judge the guy. You never know what he may be going through in life. Ever heard the story of the man with rowdy kids who were acting up on the subway and just ignored his kids actions? Someone finally asked, and he said that his wife had just passed away and his kids didn't know how to deal with it. This guy in the park may be going through a divorce, a custody battle, or even cancer in the family. Of course he may also just be a jerk. You never know.
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    Here's a quote from Catbert, the evil director of human resources:

    "You don't need experience. Cynicism is almost the same thing as experience. Just try always assuming the worst about people and you'll usually be right."

    While I find this amusing, it has a certain ring of truth. For example, if I see somebody not putting their shopping up in a parking lot, I can either assume that they accidentally forgot, or they are a lazy jerk. 99% of the time, the second thing will be true. However, I'm not always so cynical. It depends on the situation. Sometimes I give people the benefit of the doubt.
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