“I’m all for open-carry laws,” said Alan Gottlieb, founder of the Second Amendment Foundation, a gun rights advocacy organization in Washington State. “But I don’t think flaunting it is very productive for our cause. It just scares people.”
Alan what scares people are criminals, not an inanimate object. There is no flaunting. I am just going about my daily business.
”You have to wonder where their next frontier will be,” said Paul Helmke, president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
. “Will gun owners start trying to carry firearms openly into banks, on subways and buses, in schools?”
Mr. Helmke, I already carry it into the bank, on subways, ligtrail and buses. I do not carry into the school. But perhaps I should, it might just prevent another school shooting.
GOGO, you are far smarter than this suggests.
First, after speaking with Gottlieb on the phone Monday, I'm not at all certain this is an accurate quote.
Second, open carry DOES scare some people, particularly when it is practiced in such a manner, and perhaps with such equipment, that it is intended to get attention when quite the opposite should be the goal. Some people simply are not used to or comfortable with the appearance of an openly-carried sidearm, andwe allknow it. Rather than declare war on Gottliebfor acknowledging the obvious, maybe you should do something today to break down the stereotype.
You (in the collective sense) don't want to draw attention to yourself, you just want to go about your own business and be pretty much ignored or overlooked.
I've said repeatedly there is a learning curve on OC and most people are behind it. Some way behind it. That's not a crime, that's an opportunity, and be prepared to not always win over someone philosophically. That's life.
Just because someone like Gottlieb is big enough to acknowledge that something he supports makes others uncomfortable to the point of fright, that doesn't make him your enemy.It could, and perhaps should, makehim your conscience?
Give that some thought.