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This is a discussion on If You Are Like This Guy, You Are Not Helping... within the Law Enforcement, Military & Homeland Security Discussion forums, part of the Related Topics category; I'm older than dirt too, old enough to remember when kids had .22s, played and bicycled all over, a different world. However, back then I ...
I'm older than dirt too, old enough to remember when kids had .22s, played and bicycled all over, a different world. However, back then I never saw anyone bring a rifle into an ordinary community event or for that matter anyone but a cop walk around with a gun on his hip. I very much support the 2d Amendment, but like the 1st, there's a point where someone going to such lengths to prove what they have the right to do only makes the antis more anti.
As for the in-your-face thing. Sure, you can get in someone's face and intimidate them into saying they agree with you. How long does that new conviction last? If it does last that's a pretty easily influenced weak convert you've got there.
No matter my generally strong feelings about the rights in the Bill of Rights, if I saw someone carrying a rifle at an ordinary event like a farmer's market, I'd turn on my heel and get out of there. No, I don't think what he's carrying makes him shoot-anyone crazy, but I do think it makes him a jerk, and I don't want to be in the same neighborhood with armed jerks. I've seen people OCing pistols at Walmart, and it doesn't strike me like that, but a rifle at a farmer's market, really?
A cased rifle in a car or on a train? Shrug. A rifle in a pickup's gun rack? Shrug.
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And I understand NOBODY turned in their high capacity magazines the the New Jermany police. It's time we stood up for our rights. It's not uncommon in Israel, a nations that has some strict gun control laws, to see someone open carrying an AR or an Uzzi or AK. It's seen often and nobody cares. Except terrorists.
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All the men in westerns carried sidearms. You mean that’s not the truth? My entire perspective upturned in one thread!
I admire the restraint and judgement of concealed carriers in my small community. We might all be armed but we don’t need to show or tell.
Don’t fuel the antis’ rants and campaigns, let them worry about other things instead. Anymore I think open carry in and about our peopled community, especially with a dressed-out AR, protects our 2A rights a out as effectively as suppressing a fire by throwing gasoline on it.
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We live in a time when people are polarized. My goal has been to present myself as a licensed gun carrier that is a responsible person and not feed the hysterical stereotypes. It is all about appearance. I only OC on weekdays because I am dressed in business shirt / slacks/ tie and sport coat. I use a OWB holster because I have to remove my gun before enter my office. My employer is based in a deep blue state. Sometimes I leave my sport coat in the truck. Hey, I'm in Houston. When I walk into the Exxon station for my morning fix of caffeine, what people see is a business person with a gun in an OWB holster with a strap over the slide for retention. The employees and regular customers know me and no one fears me. I don't feed the stereotype of a gun nut. I've been asked if I am affiliated with LEO, and I say no, but my employer does have a private investigator's license.
Don't feed the Anti's stereotype. Wearing a 2A shirt, standing with a person in an NRA t-shirt, carrying a threatening looking rifle on a sling like it would be at the ready, well, you get the picture. Now, if the gun was in a case, people might have had a different reaction. Don't look like you're about to shoot the place up, and no one will fear you.
Feeding the stereotypes, defeats our cause. We have to be better than than the Anti's.
Annoy a Liberal!! Get a job and think for yourself!
So for all of the people so concerned about what others think, how many of you will refuse to use your gun to protect yourself, or those around you out of respect for anyone who might not approve of you shooting the criminal?
We get the government we deserve.
In my not so humble opinion the anti gunners are winning by having done a very good job of intimidating gun owners/carriers into being careful to not .. offend.
Character is doing the right thing when nobody's looking. There are too many people who think that the only thing that's right is to get by, and the only thing that's wrong is to get caught. ~J.C. Watts