I think its a gradual thing.┬*┬*We can't expect people to accept it overnight.┬*┬*Many people won't accept it and nothing you can do will change their mind.
Over time though, if people┬*are seen regularly carrying people will get used to it. Also, by being polite around people you may leave them with a positive impression. I think this is the best way to success.
I can't see open carrying hurting the open carry cause.┬* If people are too afraid to exercise their rights in fear that doing so will cause them to lose them then they might as well have already lost them.
If open carry disturbs people that is just too bad for them.┬*Everything offends someone.
I think that there are more people who worry that it will bother other people than there are people who are actually bothered by it.
I'm not a big fan of the "a cop is too heavy" thing.┬*I see it more about taking responsibility for one's own safety.┬* Police are not responsible for the safety of anyone, and┬*chances are they won't be around when you need them either.┬* I'd much rather have a gun on my hip than a cop following me around anyway.┬*┬* I'd rather not rely on the government to do things I can do for myself.┬*
When someone tells me "It's not the wild west" it is somewhat tempting though to say "Yes it is!"
In the case of Hain, I think media or not it helped the cause.┬* If police are shown that they cannot get away with abusing their power they will be less willing to do so.┬*┬*┬* Probably even negative media though┬*helps the cause.┬*┬*┬*If they see an article, even a negative one, they just might think it through themselves.┬* And if we can leave countering arguments it is even better.
Just as important as letters to editors are letters to congressmen to improve the laws!