"How should I handle the "There are enough of us patrolling you don't need to carry on your hip, your a target now" speil that I was told I'd get?"
If there are so many police patrolling and they are so effective at preventing crime then why is there still so much crime? And statistics show crime to be increasing? When the average crime takes seconds, the police are only minutes away. The Supreme Court ruled that law enforcement is not responsible for protecting individual citizens.
I shoud think police would be more endangered by the many felons carrying concealed weapons than by anyoneopenly and lawfully carrying. Let's face it - how many criminals or those intent on committing a crime openly carry a weapon? None - they don't waant anyone to know. They want the element of surprise on their side!
These LEOs are wastingeveryone's time whenthey should be"patrolliing". These are either uneducated and poorly trained LEOs or they wish to impose their own misguided opinions on the citizenry. Unfortunatelysome of today's LEOs are either very poorly trained or have had no training at all (many small town forces simply can't afford it or don't retain officers long enough to train them properly). Others come out of academy thinking they are the law and can do whatever they want. I am sure the majority of LEOs do not fall into these categories, but the ones that do give the whole lot a black eye. I apologize if I have offended those LEOs who are fine, upstanding citizens and good, competent officers. That is not my intent. I only aim to point out that not all LEOs are.