This is a discussion on Do Women who OC get same result as Men? within the Open Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by ccw9mm The woman who OC'd in Pennsylvania last year certainly had an attempt at public shaming, when she had the typical ignorant ...
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As a general assumption to that effect, you would probably be correct, but just looking at a woman, you have no way of knowing her background, ability or strength. Thinking you can sum her up is the same kind of mistake that the badguys you see on the news make.
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If the woman is a attractive woman you say?
I wouldn't be alarmed. I would be thinking of a way to talk to her
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BigStick, thanks for addressing my odd worded statement, you are exactly right and I agree with what you say. My concerns are even with a very alert (eyes in the back of the head kind of person) one off guard, caught by a nutt case and snap!! one plod newly armed looking to make it up to himself. Hypothetcal true but it has happened to LE and is a scenario CC doesn't outwardly concern with.
I've Open Carried on a few occasions. Usually where required by law and to gun events like gun shows, open carry lunches and meeting and (of course) matches.
Surprisingly enough, when carrying at gun shows people ALWAYS turn and ask MY HUSBAND if my gun is for sale like he made ME wear it as a way to advertise. That MAKES ME SOOOOOOO ANGRY!
Bless my husband he always says, "What are you looking at me for? It's her gun."
The first time I open carried in a restaurant a man came up to me and asked me if I was a police officer. I said I was not and he then proceeded to ask if my gun was a lighter. I said it was very real and very legal for a normal citizen to carry openly in our state. He looked confused but did not press the issue.
At a Babies R' Us I was given some surprised or dirty looks by other women but no one approached me.
I have gotten comments along the lines of, "What a fine woman who carries a fine firearm." .. Thanks, but no thanks.
While out with my family a restaurant manager said, "HOLY COW! Is that real?"
My mother started going on about how real it was and how great of a shot I am, etc, etc. She was so loud and drew more attention to me than the manager. I was pretty embarrassed. Thankfully we were leaving so that was the end of that.
There were two other people with us open carrying, both men but I was the only one who seemed to be noticed. Maybe it's just the fact that some men notice things on women more because they are looking.. if you know what I mean.
Three times, I have gotten VERY negative comments relating to my carrying and they were all centered around my abilities (or lack thereof) with my firearm. Things like, "There's no reason for you to carry that thing cause you won't know what to do with it when the time comes, anyway." or "I don't want you hurting yourself." or "You have no business carrying a gun." As you can imagine, comments like that just about send me through the roof.
I think there are three main differences between men and women open carrying firearms.
For the majority, when a woman is seen carrying a firearm people do not automatically assume she is there to shoot the place up.
Let's face it, women are usually not active, random shooters and people are more likely to be annoyed she has a gun or fear she doesn't know how to use it properly than they are going to fear that she is just going to start randomly gunning people down. So I think there isn't that initial fear of her being there to do any harm, just a fear of the gun in general. People see a man they don't know with a gun and often their first thought is what his intentions are with that gun, that not necessarily the case with a woman.
Two: Men seem to notice a woman open carrying more easily than they notice a man doing the same. I don't know if it's because of our clothes, the way our body shapes make openly carried guns more prominent or just the fact that men are looking, but the fact of the matter is that almost every time I've open carried it has been with a man who was doing the same and I'm the only one to get comments (good or bad). It seems like either the men are not noticed or no one wants to deal with them.
Which leads me to difference number three: I think people are more comfortable approaching a woman and asking her why she's carrying than a man so she may get approached more than a man.
As said before, I've open carried in groups of men doing the same and only I have been approached. Either, a) no one saw the guns on the guys or b) they weren't afraid to approach me and ask me about my openly carried gun.
I think people sometimes see women as more approachable and more willing to talk about what they are doing and why than a man. Perhaps they fear just ticking the man off and making him angry enough to where he would use his gun.
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Women who OC are more prone to get noticed because (as the old saying goes) men tend to watch women with the same intensity as wolves watch caribou.
The ones who reproach you over it are the ones who likely have no respect for women in general.
I OC a lot of the time - working in a gun store, I even get to do it at work. I've had some interesting, non-negative conversations with folks at the shop.
Of course, I OC when at a restaurant (as required here in VA if they serve alcohol). I've had a couple folks ask me if I was a police officer (really? uh... no). One promptly assumed that the gun wasn't real (I assured her that it was, indeed, a real firearm - not a BB gun). I've had a compliment (someone walked up to me at a buffet and told me it was good to see someone exercising her rights).
Honestly, I'd say 95% of the time, no one even notices. Probably less if I have my 10-year-old son with me. I tell him he's the ultimate in concealment.
I can say how I might react..... I'm single, and the woman I saw at the range with the pistol and shotgun was single..... and I struck up a conversation and asked her to go out with me. A great lady .... and yes we went out more than a few times. Then she decided many months later she & her Ex were getting back together. Ugh.
yeah women can't handle gu.... umm...dear.. put that down... it's not loa... CLICK... ok now its loaded...
all kidding aside, many times women taking the CCW class with their hubbys actually shoot better then the guy.
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I am sick of folks posting the same old stupid ignorant fabrications about crap that has NEVER EVER happened. Just make up garbage to be afraid of for no reason, running around screaming the sky is falling.Discussion regarding open carry in those States where it is legal to do so. This is not a place to debate the virtues of open vs concealed carry.
Maybe do a little research before posting on the internet letting everyone know exactly how little you know about a subject
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