Because, only a criminal would need to hide their guns, like they hide whatever it is they are doing. Any law abiding free citizen should be proudly advocating and promoting A2. There is no great "tactical advantage" to CC. Therefore, it is counterproductive to do so. We need to change the perception of the public and the police from seeing a gun negatively, into the perception that we have nothing to hide. Legal OC gun owners and police are doing nothing to hide, so we dont . Criminals are trying to get away with something, therefore they hide, they conceal. I would like people to only get upset when someone is concealing, with the first thoughts being suspicion about what are they up to that they need to be hiding their gun.
I understand your point, and, in principle, I agree. In a more ideal society no one would be offended at the idea of someone carrying a gun... Of course, in a more ideal society there would be no need to carry a gun, and we know that will never happen. That being said, I have applied for my CCW permit as there are situations in which CC may be preferable. Two situations come to mind for me personally:
1. The security director at my church (retired LEO) has asked me to not OC at church. He agrees with my reasoning for OC & has no problem with it personally, but not everyone shares our opinion/beliefs on the subject. Apparently church leadership has no problem with folks lawfully CC'ing, but would rather not have people OC'ing. For me, this is not a hill to die on. This is not sufficient grounds for me to look for a different church. I have agreed to abide by the wishes of the church leaders. Better to CC than to not carry at all.
2. Though many of my friends and family members understand & support my decision to OC, I do have friends & family members who do not share my enthusiasm for 2A issues. It would be disrespectful of me to knowingly enter the home of such a person while OC'ing. Again, better to CC than to not carry at all.I would rather not be unarmed just to appease someone else if I can help it, and I would rather be discreetly armed than to damage/ruin a relationship by openly imposing my views/beliefs upon someone who disagrees while in their own home. This is a situation in which what they don't know won't hurt them, I believe. I can CC, and I am (somewhat) happy because I am still armed, and the interpersonal conflict can be avoided.
Unfortunately we cannot always get people to see things our way, and thereforecompromise must occur. If I could change people's minds about 2A/OC I would, but "change" doesn't always happen as quickly or easily as we would like - just ask aliberal