My Turn To Rant: Irresponsible Carriers
First and foremost, let me clear about this, this thread is not intended to be a discussion on the appropriateness of open carry or a debate about open carry vs conceal carry. Each has their place and I prefer to leave it at that.
What really drives me mad are people who carry and are irresponsible about it. I think, as one who carries, that my first obligation is to ensure that an innocent person is not hurt with my gun. While I am not an LEO I know for a fact that LEO's, while in the academy, are taught weapon retention techniques, largely because their life and the lives of others may come down to their ability to keep their weapon away from the BG.
Open carry or concealed carry makes no difference to me, if you strap a gun on in the morning you need to make darn sure it is still there at the end of the day. Cops practice it, security guards and other open carriers should. And I think concealed carriers should too.
This brings me to a situation that has been bugging the hell out of me at work. I work in a government building. The powers that be have decided that it is a good idea to have a Security Guard in or around the building 24/7. Not necessarily a bad idea, in fact I support this additional level of protection. Some of the guards are authorized to carry weapons, some are not. Obviously the ones who do, must open carry. One of the Guards who carries is a heck of nice guy with only a little bit of the wannabe cop attitude. For the sake of this story lets name him John.
While John is a nice guy I am almost certain that one day he is going to get himself, one of my coworkers or myself killed. Sitting on John's right hip is a semi auto handgun, which in and of itself is not an issue. The issue is he practices absolutely no Situational Awareness techniques. While I never would, I am nearly 100% confident that I could walk up to him, take his gun and use it on him and anyone else in the area and there is not a darn thing he could do about it, and that scares me everytime I see him.
For a while I thought I was being overly sensitive about the issue. Then I decided to see just how bad his SA was. On a daily basis I attempt to walk up behind John and tap him on his right shoulder. As of today, I think I am at about 90% successful at tapping him on the shoulder before he knows I am there. John stands in locations where it is common for people to walk up behind him. He usually stands with his arms crossed or his weak hand is in his pocket while he is smoking a cigarette in his gun hand.
I've tried to hint to him that he shouldn't allow people to sneak up on him but he apparently sees my little experiment as a game. In fact he is so interested in me that now anybody but me could probably grab his gun without hassle.
This whole situation just rubs me the wrong way. Am I out of line here or is the Guard putting all of us at risk?