Wednesday, April 18, 2012


It's such a bizarre experience having someone say to you "I don't want to be around you in public while you're carrying that thing," pointing to the 1911 on my left hip and making a big fuss about it.

To make it even more bizarre, I was around said person, in public, OC'ing for a good 30-45 minutes before they even noticed and blew a gasket.

The fact that we'd been out in public, walking around, eating at a restaurant (with a bar, ZOMG) for a while already and none of their doomsday predictions had actually taken place simply didn't register.



Weer'd Beard said...

They don't want to be around you in Public...but PRIVATE is OK?

Their priorities are VERY fucked up.

Obviously this is unabashed bigotry, because if they were fearful you'd DO something with the gun, they'd be MORE concerned if you were behind closed doors for obvious reasons.

This is like the Frat Douche who doesn't want to be seen in public with his chunky girlfriend, but totally fine with the relationship when his friends can't see and judge him.

Substitute race, or sexual orientation.

They are AFRAID of you, they're AFRAID of others judging THEM.


Flier389 said...

But, I bet that they would be glad. If something went down. And you protected their butt.

Then again, maybe some one you may not want to spend time with again.

Bob S. said...

I encountered a less severe version of the response and ask a simple question: "If I didn't have the firearm, would I still be the same person?"

If I'm not a homicidal maniac or cop wannabe without the firearm, then I'm not with one.

Bubblehead Les. said...

Hey Mike. You KNOW when you're in My Neck of the Woods, you can OC around me 24/7.

Even though you're silly enough to waste money on Fancy Beers instead of drinking Bourbon. ; )

Unless you want to carry a 12 Gauge in the Library, then that's between you and Breda. ; )

Michael W. said...

I would look deep into their eyes and quote Curley Bill in the movie "Toumbstone"

" Well, Bye"

agirlandhergun said...

That is odd. I was going to say the same thing as Weer'd...if I were afraid of guns or you, I would not want to be alone and isolated with you.

I do understand being uncomfortable if one is new or uneducated about firearms, but I don't understand the being in public thing.

Glenn B said...

I don't know if it would apply to this person in question or not, probably not since you mentioned that person's doom and gloom predictions but there could be another reason for someone being uneasy while with you when you open carry. Is it possible that some might feel uncomfortable not because of you when you are openly carrying but because they think it might be an invitation for some arsehat to start trouble with you? I have personally witnessed that a a few times in my life with people who openly carried, them being challenged/called out by others with big mouths and bigger egos because that gun was a magnet for the ego challenged among us.
Also, I imagine you would be the first guy a bad guy would go for if he was lookng to shoot up a place and you were the only one practicing open carry. That idea alone possibly could make people with you, who do not carry, rather uncomfortable or that is my guess anyway.

all the best,
Glenn b

Laura said...

I wonder if I know the person who said that...

Mike W. said...

I'll bet you do Laura...

online firearm auction said...

Gun is for self defense not to carry in prohibited areas or means to intimidate others. Just sharing a thought, :-)

Oleg Volk said...

Obviously, these people aren't _afraid_ of you, just don't like you. Had they been afraid, they would have run away instead of commenting.