February 18th, 2010 09:02 PM
Do Open Carry Advocates Help Or Hurt Gun Rights?
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February 18th, 2010 09:33 PM
February 19th, 2010 12:16 AM
You can see the results of a lot of other 2a polls in the drop box.
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February 19th, 2010 12:25 AM
They Help the Cause
They Don't Help At All
I Don't Know
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February 19th, 2010 02:13 AM
The available responses are like asking a guy if he's still beating his wife.
For the stength of the pack is the wolf, and the strength of the wolf is the pack. - R. Kipling
Romans 1:22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools [professing to be smart, they made simpletons of themselves].
February 19th, 2010 02:36 AM
I believe the cause of Free Speech is hurt whenever people say something that makes others uncomfortable.
(Yes, that was sarcasm.)
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February 19th, 2010 04:10 AM
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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February 19th, 2010 09:21 AM
Same could be said of just about any group.
Originally Posted by mikeprekopa
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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February 23rd, 2010 12:09 PM
Originally Posted by mikeprekopa
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February 24th, 2010 12:58 AM
The poll is closed but in my opinion, I think we help the cause alot.
February 24th, 2010 02:27 AM
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.
Originally Posted by TN_Mike
Wearing crepe-soled Hush Puppies is like that. Took time, but they're now making come-back. Carrying defensive firearms is much more important than clothing. Given a sufficient number of appropriate examples of how non-threatening citizens with firearms can be, I believe that most of the fearful and ignorant can be made to see the benefits. They won't see anything if education isn't attempted, and thus they obviously won't change their minds anytime soon. Better to show them there's little to fear.
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self defense (A.O.J.).
How does disarming
the number of victims?
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February 24th, 2010 04:46 AM
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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February 24th, 2010 08:00 AM
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.
February 24th, 2010 07:00 PM
OC, I don't see a problem. Colorado is an OC state.
February 25th, 2010 10:11 AM
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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