I’m sure you’ve seen all those YouTube videos of people filming themselves legally open carrying somewhere and then recording their encounters with police. In every instance, the police stop and interrogate the gun owner because they got calls from “concerned citizens.” These gun owners aren’t doing anything illegal, but people get freaked out by a guy walking down the street with a gun across his shoulder.
So, police are called, and they stop by the open carrier and ask him a series of questions like, “What are you doing walking around with a gun? Don’t you know that that’s scaring people?” The open carrier might respond with something like, “It’s my 2nd Amendment right to keep and bear arms. I am doing nothing illegal.” The encounter might conclude with an arrest for “obstruction,” or a flustered cop leaving the guy alone. The former happens a lot more than the latter.
It’s true that in most states, you can open carry a firearm. Legally. But there are always going to be people who get scared and call the police. That’s because they’ve been conditioned to be scared of anyone carrying a gun, unless that person wears a police uniform.
This is mostly thanks to the media for the way they report crimes involving guns. They rarely report on the times that gun owners have stopped crimes or defended themselves and their families from armed intruders. They focus on the crimes committed by deranged (allegedly) individuals with semi-automatic weapons. The bigger and bloodier the crime is, the better it is for media coverage.
This is all that faithful news viewers get, and it makes them scared to even go outside. There might be a guy with a gun, and guns are bad.
This conditioning is what was talked about by Eric Holder when he was the U.S. Attorney for D.C. He said that in order to win the gun control fight, we have to brainwash people about guns. We have to condition them to be frightened of them. And once they’re frightened, gun control will be effortless.
Well, there’s at least one group that trying to counteract that brainwashing. They’re trying to condition people not to be scared of guns. And they’re in Texas. It was news to me that Texas doesn’t allow open carry for pistols. They do however allow open carry for rifles.
Over the weekend, this pro-gun group walked down the streets of downtown Arlington, Texas carrying rifles across their shoulders. The group is called Come and Take it Houston, and they’re part of a much larger group called Open Carry Texas (OCT). From OCT’s website, their purpose is the following:
- To educate all Texans about their right to openly carry rifles and shotguns in a safe manner.
- To condition Texans to feel safe around law-abiding citizens that choose to carry them.
- To encourage our elected officials to pass less restrictive open carry legislation.
- To foster a cooperative relationship with local law enforcement in the furtherance of these goals with an eye towards preventing negative encounters.
I think this is a good idea. If one person is open carrying, he’ll likely have to deal with the police, who might confiscate his weapon, arrest him or at least harass him, even if he’s done nothing wrong. But if a large group of people do this, all the police can do is sit by and watch. And it has the added benefit of showing people that guns aren’t bad. In fact, they’re good. What we want is for people to be unconditioned with respect to guns. We want them to be unbrainwashed.
Apparently, there were about 16 activists in the streets in Arlington open carrying over the weekend. I’m sure the media was sorry that no deaths or injuries occurred as a result of the plethora of firearms.