A potentially lethal weapon should not be synonymous with jewelry. One does not carry a weapon as a fashion statement.
Regular readers know that I, the Common Constitutionalist, “packs heat”, as a friend from the gym says. He’s former Marine force recon, so I let the slang go.
Readers also know I prefer open carry to concealed for reasons explained here.
In short, I open carry to make a statement. No, not a fashion statement, nor some highfalutin Constitutional reason as one might expect. I open carry for one reason. It’s a sign, a banner to any would-be attacker: “leave me the *%$# alone. That’s it. It’s no more complicated than that.
Being that I open carry, one would naturally conclude that I would be all for the group “Open Carry Texas” bringing their weapons into restaurants such as Chili’s, Chipotle and Sonic, which they did.
To that I would say – WRONGO!
There has to be some common sense applied to open carry. I wouldn’t sling my shotgun over my back and walk into the nearest McDonald’s because it is my Second Amendment right to do so. That’s absurd! And by the way, it isn’t. Remember, these are private businesses.
I am in full agreement with the NRA on this matter. These stunts are more than likely to have unwanted consequences.
“These consequences could be simple and transitory, such as watching a trophy buck bound away into the woods after missing a shot from an improperly sighted rifle,” NRA-ILA said. “They could also be lasting and consequential, such as turning an undecided voter into an anti-gun voter because of causing that person fear or offense.”
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