Here's a link to an article from the local TV station, channel 9 in OKC.
The poll at the end of the article is running 92% in favor of open carry.
Here are the comments I posted on the page.
With any controversial subject, there are opposing views. What surprises me is why this is controversial. The second amendment clearly says the right to keep and bear arms shall
not be infringed. It doesn't say the right to keep and bear arms concealed shall be allowed
if the individual state feels like allowing it. This is one of our most fundamental rights, and
it has already been infringed. It's time to reclaim it.
To those who argue that the weapon could be taken from the owner and used in a crime,
then what do you tell people whose car was stolen and used in a crime? Do you tell them
that they can no longer own a car, and no one else should be allowed to own a car, because
it might be stolen and used in a crime?
To those who feel that carrying openly will make the carrier a victim, then I say it is personal
choice. Do you tell people they cannot walk in certain areas at certain times, because it is
unsafe and they MIGHT become a victim? No, you leave it to personal judgment and personal
choice. That's what freedom is all about.
To those who advocate open carry because the carrier can then protect bystanders, I say that
is not what this is about. A concealed carrier can do the same. What this is about is more
toward self-defense. If a person does not carry concealed because he can't comfortable keep
the weapon concealed (hot weather, choice of clothing, etc) then he is unarmed and a means
of self-defense has been denied to him. Open carry provides another option.
This movement is an effort to restore a fundamental constitutional right, and to restore the
most fundamental of rights to state residents - the right to self-defense.
If you support this effort, please sign my petition, referenced at the end of the article.