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Fri Jan 11, 2013, 03:21 AM

New 50-state handgun policy: mandatory Open Carry [View all]

People with handguns should Open Carry. Two or three states already mandate it and I hope all fifty do eventually.

Here's a discussion I had last week about gun use with my neighbor who's married to a gun user of rifles, glocks, you name it. Sweet people with good hearts, both of them...

Neighbor:
ONLY if you plan to USE a gun, you SHOULD leave it in plain sight. Hubby might carry just in case he is confronted by someone else with a gun, I guess.

Me:
'Just in case' is not an option. Just in case is sneaky. If he wore it outright, he'd probably NOT be confronted. NEITHER gun carrier would confront the other, would they.
He needs to see it that way.
All gun owners cannot excuse the hiding of their guns. Not if they're pro-lifers.

Neighbor:
Well he's not out to play "quick" draw!

Me:
If I had a gun I'd wear it so anyone could see it.
When you see someone carrying, you don't want to play 'quick draw.'

Neighbor:
I'm sure there would be some goofball out there just like in the wild west.

Me:
Conceal and carry is the coward's way, according to the Wild West.
Open carry would be the the wild west, civilized, adult thing to do.
If we want our 2nd Amendment, we can't be cowardly about it. Man up and wear the things openly.

Neighbor:
There are points on both sides.

Me:
Points on both sides still have weight. Not all sides are equal.

Person A:
I almost feel guilty about going out after what happened today! (referring to the Newtown shooting0

Me:
Well, the open carry men of the Wild West have been, through our movies, at least, how we promote the manly expression of the 2nd Amendment. And Open Carry is The Real Man's way. And that's what I've got to say about handgun carrying. It's not personal preference, it's an issue of life and death. Real Men carry openly if they stand up for gun rights. AND if they're pro-life.

They give the unarmed AND armed people fair notice. It's in the movies and our culture. If the 2nd Amendment is the law of the land, it should be openly stood up for by Real Men Gun Toters. They tend to be the biggest fans of men of the wild west movies, anyway, so they should act like those men.

DU'ers, I think Conceal and Carry should be only for special allowances under, let's say, police plain clothes detective work. Or other special circumstances I can't think of offhand. But not for your everyday handgun carrier. If "guns make society more polite," then the polite thing to do would be to NOT BE SNEAKY about whether you're packing. For all those gun owners who are pro-life, it seems the obvious thing to do.

Now, that kind of gun culture I could get used to. What say you?


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