Just a thought on commenting at city council meetings. Sounds like a good idea, if the members of the OCDO group present well. (I am sure everyone will. )
As we have seen the media use public shootings to advance gun control, we should use it to support open carry. Maybe something along these lines?
Like an estimated 44 million other law abiding Americans I have been carrying a firearm for ____ yrs, in light of the recent police shootings, by those who choose to live outside the law, I come here to inform this council, our police, and the citizens of _______ that I will be carrying my firearm openly in support of our police and civilized society.
I suspect a supportive statement, coupled with an appearance appropriate to a council meeting would get our position on record in a positive non confrontational manner.
*statistic from http://www.ncjrs.gov/txtfiles/165476.txt
Guns in America: National Survey on Private Ownership and Use of Firearms.
Series: NIJ Research in Brief
Published: May 1997
National Institute of Justice
Research in Brief
Jeremy Travis, Director