Do Open Carry Advocates Help Or Hurt Gun Rights?

Do Open Carry Advocates Help Or Hurt Gun Rights?

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    Do Open Carry Advocates Help Or Hurt Gun Rights?

    An interesting set of results here:

    Do Open-Carry Advocates Help or Hinder Gun Rights?
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    Do Open-Carry Advocates Help or Hinder Gun Rights?

    They Help the Cause 76.7%

    They Don't Help At All 12.5%

    I Don't Know 10.8%
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    They Help the Cause
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    I believe the cause of Free Speech is hurt whenever people say something that makes others uncomfortable.



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    It depends on how they present and conduct themselves. If all OC'ers were model citizens then I would strongly agree they help. However one rotten apple spoils the bunch.

    Overall I have to say they help.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeprekopa View Post
    It depends on how they present and conduct themselves. If all OC'ers were model citizens then I would strongly agree they help. However one rotten apple spoils the bunch.

    Overall I have to say they help.
    Same could be said of just about any group.

    I believe OC helps in making the average citizen realize that we all do have rights. and that not everything they have heard or are being told by the media and the goberment is true. And hopefully it will help a few realize that they to can exercise there right with out fear and that they might even look into politics and our rights further rather then standing on the side lines like they have all there lives.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeprekopa View Post
    It depends on how they present and conduct themselves. If all OC'ers were model citizens then I would strongly agree they help. However one rotten apple spoils the bunch.

    Overall I have to say they help.
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    The poll is closed but in my opinion, I think we help the cause alot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TN_Mike View Post
    The poll is closed but in my opinion, I think we help the cause alot.
    IMO, any reasonable approach to helping erase ignorance is a good thing, whether the ignorant feel it or not. In time, they'll get over it.

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    As others have mentioned it all depends upon the approach of the individual who is OC'ing at that time. It does educate the general public who may not be aware that OC is legal in that particular jurisdiction. I'll relay an experience I had at a recent OC get-together here in Vegas.

    I was the first to arrive at this particular Starbucks. As I was sitting outside drinking my coffee a customer asked me if today was "open carry day" at Starbucks. I told him that we were getting together that day for an OC event. He was surprised that we were having such an event.

    He then mentioned that he had a handgun & holster at home and would like to join our informal group that day. As he was leaving to go home to retrieve his handgun & join us later he thanked me for giving him this meeting information. I felt great getting one more gun owner excited about the opportunity to OC that day. Unfortunately he didn't return to join our group. We were at this particular Starbucks for 3 hours. We had a good time sharing conversations about various OC experiences.

    Until this Starbucks customer asked me about our OC meeting he had no knowledge about it at all. This was a positive OC experience. I wish I could assist more people in joining these OC events. It was quite enjoyable.
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    I think open carry in the right environment is a good thing. Personally, I don't want to do it in a store where it could cause management to post a "no guns" sign if they feel that it bothers some of their customers.

    OTOH, when we open carry, we let people know that honest citizens do have guns and there is no "blood running in the streets". Unfortunately, most people only see guns on "News at 11" and that's not good since it only shows the criminals that have used guns illegally.

    First time we saw someone open carrying was inside at the counter of the local Dairy Queen. This was before we had our CCWs. My wife and I looked at each other and wondered what was going on. We both checked the lot to see if there was a dog warden truck outside ;-) The store personnel were perfectly normal.

    I knew he was legal, but still, it was so unusual.

    I don't want to cause problems, but I would like to gently let people know that most guns are with gentle, law abiding citizens.

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    OC, I don't see a problem. Colorado is an OC state.
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    There's a new poll on the same page linked in post #1 with the question "Is disarming citizens during a state of emergency constitutional?" So far, 98% voted nyet.

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