I understand the concept of folks of like-mindedness getting together. Nothing wrong with that.
I understand your concept of "exercising your 2a right." Surely nothing wrong with that.
I understand the idea of recording and "incident" for personal protection. Nothing wrong with that.
I understand that the public, and even LEO, react because in most areas, this is not a "normal thing to see" and can be construed as suspicious to some in this post 9/11 era.
But to try to convince me that idea of an encounter with either the public, or LEO, is not on the mind of the person OCing is too much of a stretch.
Just think back to the very first time you OC'd. I would be willing to bet that each of you was nervous about the possibility of an encounter.
Is it "cop-baiting" in its most negative sense? No.
But it is baiting nonetheless by the mere nature of the event.
I believe the premise behind it is to create an opportunity to "educate." (cough) To educate either the public or LEO on the legality of OC...to attempt to "normalize" it. Understood.
Armed with recording devices and rehearsed responses (you know, the ones that you run through your mind..."if this happens or if this is said, I'll do this or say this")
In other words, there is nothing "spontaneous" about these types of encounters.
There are way too many videos online that reenforce my assertion.