We're obviously proponents of the 2ND Amendment and always have been. That said, we can't help but take issue with knuckleheads who intentionally forth to pick a fight with (i.e. stage a confrontation with) local law enforcement to prove a point. That just reflects badly on all of us. It's the same as a few of the vile and threatening comments that were posted on the Recoil wall yesterday. Disagree with them – vehemently – if you wish, but don't make us all look like bloodthirsty idiots to all the lefties who'll love the ammunition. Open carry is perfectly legal in many jurisdictions. That doesn't absolve you of the responsibility to represent the gun-carrying, pro-2A community well to the world at large. If you go pushing for an altercation to show how your rights are being violated, you're acting more against our mutual interests than the granola-loving 'sporting weapon' Brady bill types…in which case you're just showing your ass.
Kudos to this professional officer for the way he handled this idiot.
We'll repeat this here since Rob says it with fewer f-bombs than we would:
Irresponsible Open Carry Activism Jeopardizes The RKBA
Guns should be carried for personal defense, not Activism.
The best way to do that 99% of the time is Concealed Carry. Even if people do choose to Open Carry, they shouldn’t do it to provoke confrontation nor be uncooperative with the police while doing it. It makes gun owners look bad, turns cops against us, wastes their valuable time and certainly isn’t going to make it more likely that people will think “oh, gun owners are normal people, not trouble makers.
Spread the Word. Most people have realized that the time for “solidarity” through tolerance of the guys carrying guns with video cameras has come and gone. Their bravado is jeopardizing our RKBA and should be seen as an embarrassment to responsible gun owners. When the OC Movement started, people carrying while going about their daily business to show responsibly armed people are part of everyday life, it made some sense… but, the extremists have spun out of control. Let’s make sure that the firearms community is condemning this behavior.
I am not calling for a change in laws or for us to ostracize people who carry openly in a responsible, civil manner. Perhaps responsible OCers should be most concerned and the most openly critical of those who are using their guns to get (inevitably negative) attention?
Obviously, I am a proponent of the Right to Keep and Bear Arms and do not want to to see OC made illegal, but I fear that will happen more and more often, in more and more places (as it already has it one state), if the confrontational actions of a very few reckless people continue.