Thanks for the bump JD. I was thinking about a different tact to get answers to my question. JD or any mod if you think I should do this on a new thread please let me know. If so I'll delete this post and do that. I have tried to answer my own question by doing searches to no avail. So if those participating in this thread could do their own searches for
1) Civilians who have been shot because they were open carrying
2) Civilians who have had their gun taken away while they were open carrying
3) Civilians who have been targeted because they were open carrying
Than post your result with links to stories or verifiable stats of civilians open carrying being victims of violent crime. Or if you could not find anything than post that so we know how many people have tried. One search method I tried was to look up stories of any gun owner being shot than checking the story to see if the victim was open carrying. No luck.
Rob72: I did as you suggested and did a search of Pinizzotto, Miller and Davis, (Pinizzotto with double Z) did get some excellent articles and research but nothing relevant to Civilian Open Carry or even LEO Open Carry. Though I do think that attacks on LEO are much different than attacks on civilians. I think that attacks on LEO are at least worthy of a look to see if we can find a correlation to Civilian Open Carry. So far I have found none. Meaning I have found no information that says that an Officer had his gun taken or shot first, that is not directly connected to the Officer performing his duties. Usually making an arrest. We are not LEO and we do not make arrests.
My whole goal here is to find some verifiable facts not opinions or feelings. I would like to see us gather some verifiable facts that people can use to base their opinion on. I often hear there is an abundance evidence open carry causes people to be victims of violent crime either by being shot first, having their gun taken and used against them or targeted to have their gun stolen. I think for this discussion it would be appropriate to post links to any verifiable evidence of attempts to do any of the above. Anything that indicate that open carry caused someone to be a victim of a crime. Please if you do a search and find nothing be honest let us know that too.