Interesting read, but the author fails to admit that the same folks carrying open on occasion most likely are the same ones that carry concealed now—no problems with them.
Good men that carry guns are similar to fellas like 52-year-old Mark Wilson of Tyler, Texas. Mark sacrificed his own life and saved countless others when he confronted a violent felon outside the Smith County Courthouse.
On a hot summer day here in Virginia (not as hot as Texas!) for years we have had thousands of men from every corner of the state enjoying the comfort of open carry—it simply is not an issue.
Good guys with guns are...well, good guys with guns.
Chet Szymecki, Yorktown, Virginia, via dallasobserver.com
Heaven help you if you ever get carjacked with your child in the car and you have no way to defend yourself. This column says more about your ignorance than anything else. Bad things happen. Don't be prepared for them and you're dead.
George Lyon, Washington, D.C., via dallasobserver.com
You, Mr. Williams, have a serious disorder. Do you run and hide when you see a police officer with that—gasp—gun on his hip? It is a very serious disorder. Are you also in fear of someone in the parking lot running you over?
Please go get help, never carry a weapon, and please turn in your driver's license and car so that you never go on the murderous rampage you expect from your fellow citizens.
Ed Allen, Virginia, via dallasobserver.com
What a moron. I guess that Patrick likes to live with his head in the sand, or somewhere else dark. I would "be strapped" at the grocery store, just no one would see it. The current law subjects me to criminal prosecution should my jacket blow open, or other reason that my firearm should be seen. You can thank me for the low crime rate, because the would-be mugger doesn't know you from me on the street, and you can be an easy mark if you want. It's your life.
David Whited, Fort Worth, via dallasobserver.com
Ignorant trash recycled from Handgun Control Inc. You are not man enough to handle the responsibility of a weapon...we understand that. Now, leave us the heck alone.
Dm, Houston, via dallasobserver.com