After reading the story about the man in Utah bringing his weapon into a JC Penney, (Thread
) and other similar stories following the Sandy Hook tragedy, I've considered a long-term danger to this type of behavior.
Let's say there are a few gun owners in every state like this man whose mission is to show that the weapons themselves are not dangerous, but rather
the people bearing them. Fair enough, and a true statement. OK, now let's say over the next few weeks people get more accustomed to seeing someone
brandishing weapons out in the open. Good, right? Well... upon desensitization to the sight of an armed individual, likely dressed in military/police
style wardrobe, that hesitation to notify authorities could be the difference between nobody or lots of people dying. "Oh, it's just another one of
those gun guys." Or is he? Could the act of open carry in public by "law-abiding citizens" actually decrease the suspicion of someone about to
break many laws?
Also, I'd like to address the label of "law-abiding citizen". As the current laws read, many individuals depending on state have a variety of
rights and regulations concerning gun ownership. Should these laws happen to change, if one fails to comply, they are no longer "law-abiding
citizens". In the meantime, go right on ahead and protest and use your rights to let your voice be heard. That's totally American. Just remember
that people with different opinions also have the same rights to those opinions, and they are "law-abiding citizens" as well.