The open carry debate is getting heated even with many conservatives towing the line. Why? We are schooled in such an anti-gun environment that the mere viewing of a gun sends fear into the hearts of many. Personally, I’d like to know whose carrying a gun and who isn’t. Of course, I’m still all in favor of conceal and carry because the element of surprise is probably a better deterrent to crime than open carry. But then the full magnitude of success that can be achieved with conceal and carry only works if everyone carries.
Imagine Lebron walking down the street or casing a convenience store late at night wondering if the lady behind the counter has a gun or doesn’t have a gun. It might make a difference if he knew with certainty that she did. And if he knew for certain that if he tried something anyway and got caught, the law was going to see him executed, now that would be powerful.
But open carry is a whole new discussion because people want to pretend guns aren’t around just like they want to pretend that in all likely hood one or more cars they pass on the road each day is not being operated by a drunk or drug impaired driver.
What open carry has accomplished is to bring the lunatics out into the open. No, I’m not talking about the law abiding, rifle carrying, patriotic Americans who are taking a bold stand for the 2nd Amendment.
Enter Mike Malloy, a radio talk show host. He publicly announced that he intends to orchestrate the murder of any open carriers he sees.
“I guess what I’ll do if I’m ever in that situation and I see one of these half-witted yahoos walking in with a weapon, high-caliber rifle like that, I’ll just put on a berserk act. I will just start screaming Gun! Gun! Gun! Watch out, everybody hit the deck! Guns! Guns! Everybody! And then dial 911 and I will say, shots fired, which will bring every g**-damned cop within 15 miles. And then the half-wits with the long guns are going to panic and they’re going to run out of the store and if that rifle isn’t shouldered properly, the cop is going to take a look at that and put a bullet right in their forehead.”
So who is to be feared. Open carrying moms and dads who are making a political statement or Mike Malloy and his ilk? I think the answer is plain to see.