Activism? I say go for it. It's going to be a use it or loose it ordeal in the end anyway. Public displays are good IMO....maybe like shock treatment. Something or somebody has to light the fire under those concerned with this country as a whole and freedoms granted. The next generation will give a damn less than this generation if this generation doesn't make a move. They'll figure this wasn't important enough for us to do so why follow through? We've been killing ourselves for decades over this and yet it's still difficult for many to accept it now when it's bestowed. Just a small clue about government thinking.........they wanted it....asked for it....got it....and did nothing. Therefore we shall take away. The Russians were terrified of Rambo and they were simply movies. How about the UN fearing Oklahoma instead of the United States as a force to be reckoned with? Time to support your team...or go underground in secrecy and cover your own assets. Public gatherings of the righteous give notice to those who would do evil. It's time to take back the streets of America when some law enforcement is either on the take or hands tied due to budget cuts. (makes the news every day now). Who's going to police America in the future? You and me....might as well make your presence known now. May be the last chance to increase our forces.
This Saturday the 21st in Northport, Alabama we're having Alabama's state wide Open Carry Meeting. Check out ALOC.info or Alabama open carry on facebook. I will try to post a bunch of photos.
OC meet ups are good for the movement. I think we should have more of them. The more the jumpy little sheep like Hoplaphobes out there see that a gun is just a tool and just because someone is wearing one openly and doesn't have the magical badge upon their chest, doesn't make them a bad guy or an evil person. Openly carried side arms were at one time the norm in this country. Sadly that isn't the case now and leek where this country is now. And yes, I do believe that there is a correlation between the two.
I support the right to OC and would prefer not to have legislation restricting it but I am not a proponent of the behavior in public.
If we hide our heads in the sand and do not show others that may not ever be exposed to guns, then we are not supporting our beliefs.
Most people, such as those in places like NYC only see guns on police officers or on the news when guns have been used for bad. Places where mass shootings have taken place have been generally not pro gun areas.
Should one see a family eating in a restaurant having a family meal and maybe one or both parents are openly carrying, it will give a positive message about firearms.
We cannot get the media to print the actual firearm facts. Gun owners have to present a positive image for good press. We do not need the image some have recently made news doing. Yet a good image will bring good results.
I cannot count the times someone walked up to me in a store, restaurant or such to ask about guns, gun laws, permits and such. They would not have done so had I been carrying concealed. People are reluctant to ask police officers and many LEO does not know firearms or gun laws that well either. I know many that the only time they fire a sidearm is in the line of work. Our good press will come from good images that we leave with people.
We have several groups of guys in Louisiana that are members of LOCAL. They meet monthly at various restaurants for socializing. One meeting I attended had a couple (man & lady) come over and introduce themselves. They joined the group after talking to us.
I support the right to the degree that I do not wish there to be specific laws on the books against it. I support the right and freedom to OC so that a prudent man can avoid any legal entanglements over incidental or accidental exposure of a weapon or if a person finds himself in circumstances where CC simply was not practical. At the same time, if someone were to ask me if I support OC as a routine mode of carry in public... my answer would be no, I do not support or promote that behavior.
One positive thing about an OC rally/gathering. It's a VERY unlikely location that a maniacal, mass-murderer will pick to go out "in his destined blaze of glory". It will be over wayyyy...too quickly.
We have one every year hete. All it does is scare the hell out of the people. I see no value in rubbing people's faces in it.
Does carrying anywhere, whether to the local shopping mall, a restaurant, a park, or anywhere else, constitute an outright threat in a manner any different than surfing, kiting or walking somewhere biases previously precluded it?
How does one qualify as "shock & awe" but the other does not?
And, at the core, aren't each of these simply instances where the prejudicial have been forced to sit on the back burner and wallow in their biases, while liberty is restored? Why does that have to equate to any exercise of liberty being necessarily taken as rubbing anyone's nose in anything?
When we are all blamed for Sandyhook, MIT, or other mass shootings I feel it is in our best interests to keep a low profile. I will carry my consraled gun into Target but I do understand why shoppers are alarmed when someone is carring what they think is an asult rifle through the isles.