I appreciate reading HeroHog's and his organization's perspective on this matter. And while the thread may be old, the issue is still very pertinent.
Furthermore, it was a great chance to re-read Mike's comments in the OP, and the quote of John's words in the interview. They are good reminders that while we are all individually responsible for our choices, we are also ambassadors for the cause of open carry....whether we want to be or not.
Pierce said not all open carriers are good advocates for the cause.
"That person from what I saw, while probably within his legal right, that person was not being a good ambassador by swearing," Pierce said.
"We want to be good ambassadors," Pierce added. "When people think back about it, we don't want them to think, 'Wow, what a person that was swearing at an officer.'"
We get to choose whether to be a good ambassador or a bad ambassadors. But once we choose to visibly carry a gun, we no longer get to choose not to be an ambassador. One reason this forum exists is to "[urge] good ambassadorship" rather than bad for the open carry--and I would suggest all RKBA--of firearms. Indeed, we might surmise that many choose to open carry precisely because it is the most direct method to help promote a pro-RKBA message.
It is good to be reminded of that occasionally, especially by someone like John Pierce's words in the interview, or Mike's OP.
Just because something is and must be legal, doesn't mean that it should be encouraged. Freedom of speech is crucial. We MUST retain our right to swear, and to swear at police officers. That doesn't mean that doing so indiscriminately or without cause is going to be of benefit to the goals of this forum.
The exact same thing can--and now by a couple of different pro-RKBA organizations has been--said regarding long gun carry.
As for insults, flame wars, or other such juvenile issues, I've seen none here except from McBeth, and in the form of unsupported allegations from someone who wants to see a thread locked rather than allow a well known and respected member share some very relevant information with the forum. We all know what McBeth is. Others should re-examine their conduct and perhaps motives.