reply to post by roguetechie
I'm not quite sure what you're going on about, but, could you please show me exactly where I've mentioned alcohol consumption?
As far as "waving around" firearms, please refer to the tradition of literary caricature to emphasize a point through exaggeration.
Please also refer to the links I've referenced where certain elements of Law Enforcement have shown a penchant for making less than wise decisions.
My over all point is, if someone wants to open carry at an event where children and family are around, I feel such a thing is irresponsible in light
of trends in law enforcement behavior.
That should not be a difficult thing to understand.
The firearm owner could be the most responsible person on the planet, but, if they happen to encounter a law enforcement officer on steroids with a
chip on their shoulder and PTSD from several military rotations, such an encounter could very well end in bloody tragedy.
A very simple solution to this is to NOT open carry a firearm, or engage in any other conspicuously non-conventional behavior regardless its
constitutional protection that might attract the attentions of law enforcement or misunderstanding citizens that might call law enforcement with
interpretive details about what they think they see going on.
In other words, don't paint a target on yourself.
Attracting police could very well be just as dangerous as attracting the mafia, drug dealers, terrorists, the Spanish Inquisition, or anything
In that respect, yes, I think that making any kind of scene, regardless of how responsibly the scene or act is conducted, by exercising a lawful right
protected by the constitution, especially if the exercise of the lawfully constitutionally protected right could be interpreted as threatening, or
dangerous, is indeed willfully irresponsible and entirely naive when it comes to any kind of faith in the reaction law enforcement might have and
Thus, exercising such a right, just to do so, especially around children and family IS irresponsible.
No one can know for sure just how, exactly what police will respond with.
There's a time an place for everything.
If you're out in the wilderness, as described by one member, where coyotes and puma might be a threat, open carry away all you like. You've just
If you have call to go walking around dangerous parts of a city all alone at night on legitimate legal business, open carry away. You've reason to
Doing so, JUST to do so, is irresponsible as detailed above, and certainly many other reasons involving the psychological fitness in making sound
judgement calls of the open-carrier as well.
I have a .45 pistol; an old M1911 given to me by my grandfather that he carried in WWII. I open carry it when I go on my wilderness excursions deep
off trail, for weeks at a time.
Other times; No. I have no cause or reason to tote a cannon around.
There's a time and place where certain things and behaviors are more acceptable than at others.