As John stated earlier on another thread, pistols are widely recognized and accepted as defensive weapons while long guns are nearly ALWAYS associated with offensive action. It really IS all about public perception.
We can make a difference if we "pick our battles" and fight them wisely using the correct "weapons" to complete the task at hand...
The carrying of a long gun, especially an EBR or AK variant scares the livinchit out of Joe Schmoe, his Soccer-Mom spousal unit and their brainwashed spawn. It truly is about perception.
It is fareasier to have a conversation with someone about 2A and self-protection while carrying a holstered pistol than it is with a long gun slung over your shoulder that swings freely and must be touched and moved around in order toperform even themost simpletasks.
Those of us that have carried long guns on duty know you are CONSTANTLY adjusting SOMETHING on your rifle or sling. The "touching" of the weapon is bound to upset someone.
Whatare Sheep likely to do when they see you exit your vehicle, remove an AK from your backseat, sling it comfortably over your shoulder and stroll into the grocery store? I'm willing to guess you're going to get a LOT of attention. If you're profoundly interested in "testing" the reaction time of your county (or city) SWAT unit, go for it! You may not have the same reaction at WallyWorld or Bass Pro because they sell long guns.
As stated previously, it is more detrimental to our cause than not... If you intention is to sabotage the "OC Movement", then go right ahead. I don't think you could do a more effective job than the knucklehead that shot at the ducks at the waterfront bar or the character in LousyAnna that was an avid poster to OCDO that was always "looking for a clean kill" until he got his wish,only it wasn't so clean. It was murder with drug charges thrown in for good measure.
Great plan... NOT!!!