This is a discussion on Questions/scenarios: Bad guy tries to take gun, and considering open carrier a threat within the Open Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; If I'm a bad guy and see a guy with a gun on his hip I'm going to wait a while. Why take a risk ...
If I'm a bad guy and see a guy with a gun on his hip I'm going to wait a while. Why take a risk with a known carrier. Even criminals know there's always someone bigger, badder, faster...
Visual threat vs. visual deterrent. The debate will rage on eternally. In a planned attack I can see it as a threat ( bank heist, mall shooting and the like) crime of opportunity (mugging, rape, and the like) I see it as a deterrent (takes away the opportunity for an EASY target)
This "Take out the OC guy first" theory always comes up, but other than a few isolated incidences (and CC'ers have their fair share also), it just doesn't hold water. One can always dig long and hard enough to find the same isolated incidences of any form of self defence that didn't work.
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