"The state government in California has for decades been hostile to gun owners. The actions of even the most egregious open carriers had nothing to do with that except to drag the politicians out into the light where everyone can see it."
- Knitbane in comments at Caleb's
He's absolutely right, as he is earlier in his comment where he says there are obvious ramifications for gun owners living in CA. It's true. Cali is a state which has no respect for gun owners, and where the general attitude of the State legislature is "Freedom!!? We must crush it under our boot!" California has been incredibly hostile to gun ownership for a long time. As a result, gun owners have been marginalized (really anyone who loves liberty has been.) This makes it far easier for totalitarian leftists to just run roughshod over them.
However, people who claim that OC in CA is "hurting the cause" are missing the big picture IMO. For years California gun owners just went along. For years they sold out their own, and for years many fled the state for free states. In short, many of them did nothing. They didn't rock the boat, they weren't "in your face" and look where it got them. California is now at the point where they will not lift the boot off the necks of the gun owning population until the courts force them too.
Should Rosa Parks have moved to the back of the bus like a good little lady, lest standing up for her rights and being "in your face" might "hurt the cause?" Should MLK have refrained from protesting in Birmingham and other areas of the south because they were more hostile to his rights? No. You fight for your rights, and shine a light on the petty tyrants in the pocess.
Do you know what sitting back, taking it and "doing nothing" gets you? Nothing. Nothing but a slow erosion of your rights by leftists. If you do nothing, nothing changes.
Also, Rob Pincus is still an idiot. And Yeager? Why should I care what he says? Isn't he the guy who had people forward of the firing line while people were shooting in one of his "training" videos?