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Originally posted by wash777
I concealed carry, legally with license in my home state, daily. I have friends that open carry, but it is just not for me. I have known 4 or 5 people personally who have been harassed by police while open carrying, even though they were not breaking any laws. I support those who open carry legally, of course.
GunFacts v6.0, p19
Firearms are used 60 times more often to protect lives than to take lives.
The rate of defensive gun use (DGU) is six times that of criminal gun use.
Originally posted by mal1970
Americans *need* to see other Americans not wearing a badge carrying their arms in the open, EVERY DAY. We have been brainwashed to think guns are bad, guns are evil, gun are the tools of criminals.
edit on 2012/8/13 by mal1970 because: edit quote
Originally posted by partycrasher
We the citizens of America should declare as a whole that we are celebrating a national american citizens open carry day nationwide. This event should only be observed and celebrated by non felon and of sound mind, American citizens who are observant of our right to keep and bear arms and citizens who are concerned about our constitutional rights to lawfully defend ourselves, hunters, gun advocates, military and policemen nationwide.
This should be an entirely peaceful event where someone would only have to be on their front porch or their front lawn or taking a peaceful yet safe walk while openly carrying a handgun or rifle. This event should be organized by the NRA or another citizens constitutional rights group and should be held on a weekend day so their is less interference with celebrants employment and businesses. Entire families could be involved, institutions and groups and should become a yearly event in America to show the world that many of us are united in concern for ourselves and our nation and our constitutional rights.
I am offering this suggestion out of my concern for America and it's upright citizens and also offer the suggestion that this idea be put forth by word of mouth, internet, the press etc. until a day is established and agreed upon and organized by a major institution as I previously mentioned for this peaceful event.
I do not believe a profit or any moneys should be made from such an event, no registrations need to be made to celebrate our rights.
This is just an idea and I do not wish to claim ownership of this idea but would like to this become a reality,
BEFORE ITS TOO LATE.edit on Sat Aug 11 2012 by DontTreadOnMe because: ALL CAPS in title
But the idea of seeing people walking around with guns would make me very uneasy because you never know which of those people intends on using their weapon to harm others.
What if I'm in a bank and some guy walks in with a gun? How do I know if he intends to rob the place or not? Sure, there may be other people in the bank with a gun, but what are they gonna do? Have a stand-off? A shoot out? What about the people caught in the middle who chose NOT to carry guns?
All this talk about needing to carry around a gun because of the idiots who misuse their rights makes me nervous. When Giffords was shot in AZ, a man said he had a gun and MIGHT have been able to protect people, but he had the foresight to realize that innocent people could have gotten caught in the cross-fire. There are a lot of people who would not think ahead like that.