Originally posted by kinglizard
I don't know JCpenneys gun policy but it is our (open carry, concealed carry citizens) responsibility to know where we can do so.
I'd say this guy is a nut no matter the if he is trying to make a political point or not. Fact is it scares people because we don't know the mind of
the man with an open carry sidearm, AR-15 strapped to his back and extra mags. Frightening...
Here in Arizona I have the right to open carry a firearm. I have taken advantage of that with my Beretta .40. You get way too much attention doing so
and many people get scared..not something I wished to do.
Arizona also has passed a law that any az resident has the right to conceal carry without permit. That is how I carry....every day and I mean every
day. It's inside the waistband and unseen. I find that a more reasonable way to interact within society.
edit on 1/21/2013 by kinglizard
because: (no reason given)
While being true, that the debate over open carry vs. concealed carry, among those immersed in gun culture, has been on-going and can be heated at
times, the bottom line is, that there is a time and a place for both!
Concealed carry does nothing to place the burden of decency on potential criminals that one may interact with, on a daily basis. While open carry can
send the wrong message to law-abiding citizens who are unfamiliar, or that have an unreasonable fear of firearms!
In the situation of the OP, though, I am afraid that the gentleman in question, considered neither of these points, before strapping up and heading
off to the Mall!
SO, Was he right? Or, wrong, in his neglect?
I believe that it is both, and neither! And, the remedy to a similar situation would include more thought on the part of the carrier, and more
education on the part of society in general.
It still rings true, that an armed society, is a polite society. But, this only applies to open carry! If OC was abolished, then the criminal is
basically playing craps, when deciding to accost a stranger in public. But if, OC was the rule, then the criminal's targets become more easily
It suffices to say, that in either scenario, a higher saturation of armed citizens, is the BEST way to reduce random crimes against the populace. And,
proper thought as to how one should carry for the excursion at hand, would be the best approach for all.
edit on 1/21/2013 by GoOfYFoOt because: n