Lots of people have voiced their criticism of open gun carriers. You know, those people who walk in to places like Starbucks or Chipotle with their rifles slung around their shoulders. Many conservatives think these open carriers give the rest of law-abiding gun-owners a bad name.
I disagree. While I wouldn’t personally want to carry a rifle in one those types of establishments, I think that people should be allowed to. The reason that people, even conservatives, have such a hard time dealing with the open carry issue is that the culture in which we live hates guns in the hands of civilians. Open carrying rifles is foreign to most of us in this day and age, and that makes even conservatives uneasy.
But if a SWAT team stopped by a Chipotle to get a bite to eat after one of their no-knock raids, I don’t think these same conservative critics would care all that much, and the SWAT team would be carrying a lot heavier guns than any civilian would be allowed to carry.
If police can waltz around with rifles and handguns on their hips, and no one really even notices, then why is it all of a sudden ridiculous and stupid if the gun carrier happens to be wearing blue jeans and white t-shirt?
Now, if that same guy wearing the blue jeans, the white t-shirt, and a gun on his shoulder turned out to be an off-duty cop, I guarantee you these same conservative critics would give him a pass. So really, these people who claim to be all in favor of the 2nd Amendment and concealed carry and all that are fine with police (including off-duty cops) open carrying everywhere. Just not civilians.
Like I said, I wouldn’t want to do it myself, but if I saw a customer at Starbucks wearing a rifle, I wouldn’t care.
Now, if you’re liberal talk show host Mike Malloy, it’s a different story. He hates these open carriers so much that he’d prefer to have them all shot in the head. (To help curb “gun violence,” of course.) Here was his rant about open carriers in the context of Georgia’s new “Guns Everywhere Bill”:
“I guess what I’ll do if I’m ever in that situation and I see one of these half-witted yahoos walking in with a weapon, high-caliber rifle like that, I’ll just put on a berserk act. I will just start screaming Gun! Gun! Gun! Watch out, everybody hit the deck! Guns! Guns! Everybody! And then dial 911 and I will say, shots fired, which will bring every g**-damned cop within 15 miles. And then the half-wits with the long guns are going to panic and they’re going to run out of the store and if that rifle isn’t shouldered properly, the cop is going to take a look at that and put a bullet right in their forehead.”
Here he is advocating as much violence as possible so that opportunistic politicians (is that redundant?) can place even more restrictions on gun-owners, further endangering innocent people and giving criminals the upper hand.