This is a discussion on "See That Man? He's Going To Shoot You!" within the Open Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; the correction should have been made... yes but but you should have taken off you belt and handed it to her and said "this is ...
the correction should have been made... yes but but you should have taken off you belt and handed it to her and said "this is the right way to deal with him"
Display in the sense that it was there. Your post came across to me that you felt it was an intentional "put yourself on display". there is a difference between just being there and being on display. If I am driving my car it is not on display. If I am open carrying my 1911 it is not on display.
Yes, it is a defensive carry discussion board. There is a Concealed Carry section and an Open Carry section. I just find it amazing that the cc crowd comes in to the oc section to espouse that their way is better. I don't think the oc crowd goes into the cc section and claims that cc'ers have to hide behind whatever. Seems like every thread has that happen here. That is the definition of trolling. Sorry to rant today. Didn't get my coffee this morning.
So, Mike, how about a cup of coffee with me this morning? Moxie or Starbucks, You can cc, I'll oc and we'll both enjoy a good coffe and talk about guns, fishing or whatever. Well, next time you're in the area or I am in yours anyway.
I guess it is dependent on "What the definition of ..." display is. And, not going about with the thought that no one will notice.
Gotta go, lots to do today with my 1911 "on display".
All have a great day today and Merry Christmas!
I respect your right to open carry if you state allows it.....I live in Texas where it is not allowed.
There has been talk about allowing open carry in Texas, but even if passed I don't think I would do so for two reasons:
1) IMO one of the biggest advantages to concealed carry is that the "bad guy" doesn't know you are armed. If he sees you're armed, he may just shoot you first or take your weapon....... in any case open carry removes your element of surprise.
2) I've read and seen several videos on Utube where in some states were OC is allowed, the armed citizen still receives quite a lot of harassment from law enforcement and private citizens. Not saying this is right because it's not, but OC does put it out there for everyone to see.
Again, don't misunderstand where I'm coming from. I fully believe we have the right to be armed under the 2nd amendment, but I just don't see a real advantage to open carry.....
I live in Texas where it is
I think the OP did fine. Try wearing a uniform and have people say stupid crap like that all the time... Like
"see that officer?, I'll have him throw in in jail" to their kids- Way to go brainy ac. Or the ever annoying "I didn't do it" or "arrest him" Whatever... what a way to show off your unimaginative and lack of intellect brain.
When people do that to their kids, I'll almost always go out of my way to be extra nice and engage the kids with a friendly conversation and out the parents as meat heads. That way, they'll remeber the friendly officer that made them laugh, and not hide from me when they are lost etc.
"Just blame Sixto"
I am not usually one to interfere with a person's methods of dealing with there children but, I don't think I could have walked away from this one either.
Sell not virtue to purchase wealth, nor liberty to purchase power.
I don't even see this as an OC issue, it's not like the lady was freaked out by it. Instead she was threatening violence on her child from a stranger. IMHO, that is not cool and I think the OP did just fine. She needs to suck it up and learn how to discipline and not attempt to bestow her problem upon someone else, even if hypothetically.
"I got a lot of problems with you people!" - Frank Costanza
I'm sure I would have felt similar to you. I bet all she remembers of her "bad day" was her kid being bratty and being confronted by a man with a gun. Seeing how young kids tend to be afraid of stern talk from a stranger, I probably would have looked at the kid and told him "Santa was watching" and "he better 'mind' his mother."
I did it with my kids and and my oldest (who has 3 under 9) said she would never do that to her kids. She has had a change of heart and takes care of business. The kids are all well mannered.
I think you handled it ok. The lady was having a bad day and elected to bring you into it with a poor message to her kids. Sad thing is, those kids will remember that day and see guns as bad things.