That is true, but what if there had been only ONE person OC'ing? Also what if the perp's were of violent and wreckless nature? It's a 50/50 here. Personally, I only know ONE person who OC's down in Mobile, and that is DixieBorn. So that pretty much rules out any chance of me being out and about with any of my friends OC'ing.
The article says,
"Meanwhile,conscientious Cobb County Police Officer D. Lowe had noticedsuspicious cars
sitting behind the restaurant in the dark and decided to investigate. He caught men with masks and rifles
who had been preparing to rob the Wafflehouse (emphasis mine)."
So, there were multiple cars, multiple suspects, and they were armed with rifles not handguns. Would you not consider men like that violent and wreckless? Furthermore, they had the element of surprise, knew the OC-ers were there, and had them outgunned. Yet they chose not to attempt the robbery.
While I agree it's important to consider the potential consequences of our actions, we shouldn't "what if" ourselves to death. Colin Powell's rules 6 and 12 are
6) "Don't let adverse facts stand in the way of a good decision."
12) "Don't take counsel of your fears or naysayers."
I agree. The fact of the matter is that, had those patrons concealed their handguns, they most certainly would have had to deal with an armed robbery. Their choice to OC saved everyone in that restaurant from a traumatic, possibly deadly, encounter.
Let me pause here to say that I absolutely do not "know it all" or always respond the right way in every situation. However, I will point out that more than 3/4 of your original post was anti-OC. This is a pro-open carry forum and rule #2 here is, This web site is focused on the right to openly carry properly holstered handguns in daily American life
There are other forums if you wish to argue against open carry.