dngreer wrote:Some excellent and thoughtful questions.I have not open carried in a mall yet. I have not been to any mall in almost a year, so it is not as if I am avoiding it, but stories like this concern me. While I am glad to have the police training for a situation like this, I am wonder how people would react to an honest, sane, law abiding person carrying a firearm. I don't like the idea of going into a mall unarmed, because the exact scenario as described in the story could happen, but at the same time I don't like the idea of having a police force taking me out because I have a gun "so I must be terrorist or a crazy gunman." Last time I was at the mall, I didn't see any "No Firearms" signs, but that could have changed.
Notice the part of the story that says it took less than 30 minutes to disarm the "gunman". I don't want to be stuck in a mall with a gunman for 30 minutes. That's 30 minutes too long for me.
So what do you think? Would I be stupid to carry at a mall; am I just "asking for trouble"? I can live my life just fine without going to a mall if I can't carry there, and I could probably save some money, but I don't want to shy away from carrying.Do Idaretrust the police to be able to see the difference between a crazed gunman ready to take on the world andan honest law abiding citizencarrying a firearmso I can defend myselfin case that crazy gunman shows up?
1. Walking alone and being seen OCing (in a mall that allows it) should be no problem. Someone might react goofily but it should be OK. Likely case is security/LEO goes over to investigate.
2. Walking alone and being seen OCing (in a mall that does not allow it)would ordinarilybe aproblem. Security/LEO will ask you to leave. That's not so bad, just leave (without harangueing the ejectors--like some like to do). But given the right circumstances....someone might react really goofily ("eeeek he's got aGUN!")an ifeverything (or many things) goes wrong for you,security/LEO willoverreact, thinking there is a REAL, RIGHT NOW THREAT. What happens if they think it isa RRNT is anybody's guess. They could calmly come over and check you out--or draw and shoot. Depends on which action movies the cop has seen or whether he had one extra biscuit for breakfast. Maybe, too, on how loud the "Eeeker" is screaming.
3. I'd agree with you. Going to a mall is no place to go unarmed. One should have a gun if one normally carries. It's just another place where someone can assault you. I seldom go to malls but I can't remember the last time I did not carry in one.
4. I think one of the most foolish things in the world would be fora civlian todraw a gun in the event of some kind of actual terrorist attack (e.g. with guns or bombs). The gun should stay in the holster (CC or OC) unless it is absolutely required. Get out of there pronto is Job # 1 unless there are some very extraordinary circumstances that would justify your attacking the attacker(s) or you are trapped. Remember: When attacked, escape. When cornered, kill.