This is a discussion on Question About Open Carry You Tube within the Open Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by Mike1956 Sorry you are having a tough time with the analogy. Rights, many of which are inherent, are subject to regulation. Licensing ...
All I know is that if I see a guy open carrying and publicly urinating, I'm going to leave him alone.
I'd rather be lucky than good any day
There's nothing that will change someone's moral outlook quicker than cash in large sums.
Majority rule only works if you're also considering individual rights. Because you can't have five wolves and one sheep voting on what to have for supper.
Last week I and my family (impressionable sons included) attended the "Grand Illumination" of the Norfolk/Portsmouth waterfront area and the Norfolk Grand Illumination parade. Afterward, we were waiting in a long slow line to board the ferry, to cross the Elizabeth River back to our car. In essence we were a captive audience of a street preacher since we had no other recourse but to wait in the snail's pace line to get home. In other words, we realistically didn't have the option to remove ourselves from the area unless we wanted to abandon our place in line and attempt to hire a taxi, and the kids really enjoy the ferry ride.
This street preacher was talking about sin, different types of sin, and getting rather specific but without using foul language. He was also making some very pointed accusations about other prominent Christians that he felt were working for Satan. I was not a sermon for small children. Not too far away from him were three Norfolk LEOs, chatting amongst themselves.
I didn't want my kids hearing what he was saying specifically, but on the other hand he was exercising his right speech in a public place. I was uncomfortable. The LEOs didn't prone him out, threaten him, or take him away, and I didn't expect them to, not did it ever cross my mind that they should. The same should be true for OCing.
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Is the guy at the salad bar doing something stupid? Again we agree, unless he is walking home from the shooting range or some other place where his AR was necessary to have.
Even then I would agree that it is not a good idea to carry one around in public.
We both agree that in many cases these folks are attempting top provoke reaction. I hope we can agree that in many other cases the open carrier has no desire to be hassled.
What we disagree on is the reaction of the police. They should know the law they claim to be enforcing. They should not use their position of authority to strong arm the public into giving up their rights.
Is it to much to ask of the police to be left alone if you are breaking no law? If a man with a gun call is received and the man is breaking no law whats wrong with informing the caller that it is not against the law to carry?
I applaud those that OC because they choose to and aren't looking for YouTube BS celebrity. The stigma associated with guns in general keep me CCing as I do not want to be labeled as a 'gun nut' in my small community because of the impact it would have on my 3 teens. But, once the kids are older I can envision OCing occasionally (as I have in VT, ME, and CO while in the back country). Seeking confrontation....and posting to YouTube...does no help us protect our 2a rights. I think you can advance the cause and make a point, while also being non-confrontational. That said, you won't catch me OCing in Philly due to the police POV on OC.
Exercise your 2nd amendment rights....not doing so jeopardizes that right for everyone.
A lot of pro gun people I know are also pro union. Most politicians that are pro union are anti-gun. But those people vote for the pro union politicians and then complain about the government infringing on our 2nd amendment rights and say that a rogue OC'er is somehow "fighting the good fight". If you want to fight the good fight, vote out the socialists.
I am not saying anything bad about OC'ers I am merely using this as an example.
A call is received of a man with a gun in the parking lot of Denny's. "It's ok sir it is legal to open carry a firearm in this state and we will not dispatch an officer".
5 minutes later said man openly carrying a firearm begins a shooting rampage killing 4 and then himself. The crowd goes wild "Why was an officer not sent" "This could have been prevented" Families sue the city for failure to act causing the death of a family member. If only they had dispatched an officer maybe the guy would have given up, or the officer could have eliminated the threat.
We never know what will happen. Yes it may be a guy legally carrying but what if it is not? Should there be a 100ft rule? or Observe for 2 minutes? Just as we have the right to carry others have a right to call the police and be concerned that is their right to.
We will just have to agree to disagree on some of this. Yes attitude is everything on both the part of the OC'er and the officer involved and we both agree "that guy" can make us all look bad.
"A first rate man with a third rate gun is far better than the other way around". The gun is a tool, you are the craftsman that makes it work. There are those who say "if I had to do it, I could" yet they never go out and train to do it. Don't let stupid be your mindset. Harryball 2013