Regular readers of this blog already know my feelings about guns in our society. For the most part, I hate them. Common sense reasons for having them such as hunting and self defense are one thing. The gross gun fetish that too many Americans have is quite another.
One of the worst ideas ever as it relates to guns is the concept of open carry. Why in the world does anyone need to walk around town with a gun holstered to their side? Concealed carry is bad enough but I suppose you could come up with certain reasons for it. As my friend said yesterday, anyone who lives near bears should be able to carry a gun. Okay, I suppose so. Open carry is different though. Go to the mall. Go to your nearest Target. Look around. Do you want all of those people carrying guns? What if, god forbid, there is an incident? Do you want Joe Public pulling out a gun to go after a bad guy? Joe Public, who has zero training dealing with life and death, split second decisions? No thanks.
I read what the Dallas mayor said in the wake of the tragedy there.
Open carry made a very dangerous situation even worse. The police could not distinguish between the “good guys with guns” and the “bad guys with guns”.
This is an incredibly stupid idea. It’s way overboard. It defies reason and common sense. It’s a batshit crazy idea. Tell them, Hawkeye.