1st of all, I was the guy at the rally who introduced everyone. My name is Bryan Hull, and I'm one of the Founders and the current President of OKOCA. Thanks for opening an account and posting here on OCDO. To respond to your comment about the "vibe", we try hard to stay very focused on our core mission. This means that our efforts stay more focused, as well. I'd invite you to read our mission statement.
Our efforts from the time when SB1733 was signed by the Governor until it went into effect on Nov 1 were completely focused on education. Educating interested gun owners on what the law said, educating the media so that they "got it right", and educating those law enforcement agencies who were interested in our take on open carry... We feel that we did a good job, since to our knowledge there have been no incidents of problems with open carry in Oklahoma.
While we are continuing the education mission, the focus has shifted a bit. We are now working with businesses to educate them on why the "gun free zone" is such a fallacy, and does absolutely nothing to keep them safe. We have "No guns = No Money" cards and a very effective http://okoca.org/wp-content/uploads/...Businesses.pdf, both of which I've linked. Our members have had a lot of success using these tools, along with a respectful attitude.
The 2013 Legislative session just began today. We have studied a number of bills, and a few of us will be walking the halls of the Capitol to lobby as needed. One of our most powerful "assets", if you will, are the 2600+ Oklahomans on our Facebook page, where we are letting people know when emails and phone calls are needed. Sometimes, when a bill is on the line, that FB page turns into a play by play.
Since we are an apolitical educational org, we don't support any particular candidate or party. Other groups do a very good job with that. This allows us to reach out to individuals and groups who would normally feel uncomfortable looking for information or training from groups who they oppose philosophically or politically. Some of us are in the process of getting our instructor licenses, so that we can teach more people the skills they need to carry legally and safely for their protection.
I hope that I answered your questions. Speak up if you have more!