If all you're going to do is say stupid crap, discourage the free exercise of a constitutional right, and deride those who choose to OC then maybe you should choose not to open your yap and exercise your 1st Amendment rights? Oh, don't like someone telling you to STFU and not exercise your 1st Amendment rights? Hmmm.
Pincus says we should not carry guns to make a political statement but solely as a means of self-defense. And I quote,
"I think Open Carry is a poor choice in populated areas when you have other options (CCW) to be armed for personal protection. I vehemently believe that you should NOT carry a gun for political reasons, but solely as a means of defense."
He then links to a story where a man was just minding his own business while OC'ing and had the cops called on him. As for carrying for political purposes, can I not do both simultaneously? Can't carrying be a means of self-defense and individual expression?
The rift in the pro-gun community when discussing OC vs. CCW is one of those things that truly irks me. If we were truly freedom loving individuals we would just say "I wouldn't choose your method of carry but I respect your choice and I'll fight for your right to carry." What is so damn hard about that?
Pincus also had this to say in the comments to his post,
"The right to OC, IMO, should NOT be exercised because it isn't the BEST way to avoid confrontation as long as possible and have the benefit of surprise when you do"
He is basing this statement off of what exactly? Feelings. It is complete bullshit. How does he know that OC isn't the best way to avoid confrontation? I fail to see how it's logical to say that CCW helps you avoid confrontation as long as possible. If OC deters a potential attack then it has helped you avoid confrontation where CCW would not have.
Why is it that my fellow gunnies have to react with derision to those who choose to OC? Does Pincus not realize he sounds like a garden variety anti-gunner? I hear almost as much "the sky is falling! the sky is falling" BS from the gunnie crowd with regards to OC as I do from anti-gunners.
1. "You'll just have the gun taken away from you if you OC."
This one is a fallacy often used by the anti-gunners, which the anti-OC gunnie crowd has co-opted. Unless you can substantiate the claim with actual empirical evidence this is no more than baseless fearmongering, no different than that of the bleating, anti-gun sheeple. And no, citing police shot with their own guns doesn't count. Cops have to run towards trouble, apprehend and arrest suspects and wilfully engage in altercations in a manner that a non-LEO OC'er does not.
2. "You'll be the 1st target for a bad guy"
Again, a completely unsubstantiated statement based on fear. If this were the case we'd see growing evidence of it with the growth in popularity of OC.
3. "You'll scare everyone away, hurt the cause, and mobilize the anti's to action."
There have been a scant few instances where this has been the case. By and large though, only those wishing to deny reality can claim that the open carry movement hasn't made a great deal of positive headway. Sure there have been some setbacks along the way, but if no one bothers to push the envelope in defense of their rights do you know what happens? Nothing.
4. "I don't want a bunch of untrained yahoos carrying guns."
You hear this one a lot from "elite tactical trainers" like Pincus. I also hear it quite a bit from CCW holders who seem to think of being a CCW permit holder as some kind of lofty status symbol.
An idiot with a gun is going to be an idiot with a gun regardless of whether he took some class. Throughout most of American history average citizens responsibly carried firearms without having taken formalized training classes from elite operators. Millions of Americans own guns for defense and do not practice with them regularly, yet somehow they seem to do well when they need to use them. Do you really think the average person who successfully uses a gun to stop a violent crime has taken a specialized firearms training class? Of course not.
Plenty of states don't require live-fire or any hands-on training to get a CCW permit. Show me empirical data proving that CCW holders in states with less stringent permit standards are more negligent, irresponsible and / or ineffective when using a firearm compared to permit holders in other states. Show me evidence of all of the massive problems occuring because untrained yahoos are open carrying.........
I have to wonder, what other rights does Rob Pincus think American citizens shouldn't exercise in populated areas?
Sigh. I am sick of the in-fighting. You don't want to open carry? Fine, then don't, but don't tell others that they shouldn't simply because YOU don't like it. It makes you sound like some smarmy liberal.
H/T to Alan