I really couldn't care less that the guy is open carrying or even that he's open carrying a rifle. Ehh.. whatever, dude.
But what makes me raise my eyebrows and not want to share a lunch table with someone like this is that there is something..... off about it all.
Okay, if you feel you need to walk around with your rifle strapped to you.. go for it, dude! I won't even get into the why. "Because I can," is fine enough for me.
What is weird is that, in watching these videos, it's like some perverted narcissism. Carrying a handgun just wasn't edgy enough.. wasn't attention grabbing enough..
"Look at me, everyone! I'm carrying a rifle! That's right. I'm bad ass. Go ahead, ask me about it. Come on, ask me!"
He as much as says so in his videos.
Now, he can say he's doing it because he just wants to educate people.. Yeah... uh huh.. right. Sure. And that might be the story he tells himself when he wakes up in the morning and slings his rifle over his shoulder. And, yeah.. he might actually be educating some people in the process and I'm fine with that. But my little eye spies someone who just likes the attention. He likes the stares and the whispers and the glances out of the corner of the room. He doesn't want to be the grey man. In fact, he wants to be the neon green with flashing lights man and he's proud of it. The confrontations with officers are just by-products of getting the attention he wants. This is as close as he will get to celebrity status and he is EATING IT UP!!!
Come on... the camera on him while he walks down the street and talks like he's someone big and important. The random comments from people who pass him by. The people stopping him to talk to him and get his opinion on things. The hundreds of thousands of comments he gets from these videos he posts online. I'm sure every hit is a little shot of dopamine straight to the pleasure center of his brain.
I'm not saying he's wrong. There are worse things he could do for attention.
He is legal.
And as far as how smart or not smart it is to open carry a rifle.. whatever.. there are valid arguments on both sides. Personally I don't think it's that smart but that's just my opinion.
I just don't like that brand of narcissism.