A post below criticizing open carry as being for jackasses garnered the expected backy-juice-drooling comments. But a recent post by Bob Owens points out the stupidity of the practice from the angle that I described (how easy it is for your gun to be taken, and how attractive that option is to even the slowest BG).
I won’t repeat his arguments here (go read them yourself), but for anyone considering open carry, here’s a little check list that you might consider. (And we aren’t even going to consider here the elephant in the room: how easy it is, in most normal environments, no matter what your awareness level, for a BG to get behind you and crack you in the head with a hard object. He doesn’t have to kill you or even knock you unconscious; all he has to do is render you incapable of mounting an effective defense for a couple seconds. I do not exaggerate: a five-year old could do it.)
- Is there anything in your training or experience that lets you know for certain that you have a good level of constant environmental awareness? Most people don’t, and it does take training or specific experience in today’s culture to achieve it.
- Do you use a security holster?
- Do you have a good skill set in unarmed combatives, including some ground-fighting skills?
I can answer “yes” to all three questions and I consider open carry to be too dangerous. If you can’t, then assuming you are an open carry advocate, what the hell is the matter with you?
On the other hand, I just thought of one good argument for open carry.
The gene pool needs culling.