My last blog on open carry (All Guns Are Always Loaded) stirred the pot a bit and not surprising. I’m not going to sugar coat things here, but if you look close enough you can see a bunch of folks acting hypocritical.
So, what do I mean by acting hypocritical. Merriam’s dictionary defines hypocrisy as:
hy·poc·ri·sy noun \hi-ˈpä-krə-sē also hī-\ : the behavior of people who do things that they tell other people not to do : behavior that does not agree with what someone claims to believe or feel.
If on the one hand you support something, but in the same breath say you’ll never do it does it not fit this definition? I mean shouldn’t support be freely and wholly, not in parts only? If you support red footwear, but you’ll never wear red sandals doesn’t that seem a bit hypocritical?
The slippery slope
If you want to support open carry, but you only support reasonable forms of open carry how do you define reasonable? Is wearing your batman utility belt full uploaded for bear reasonable. Is carrying a rifle reasonable, what about a black rifle? This is going to get a lot more complicated as we wade further into this body of water. My point is that you don’t have to like the idea of open carry, but if you support it then how can you support only parts of it. Shouldn’t it be all forms of open carry. Yes, I get it. You can still be supportive, but I hope folks can see the point I’m trying to make here.
Fire, fire, fire
Here is something else to consider. As an industry is it necessary to enforce some standard that deems what’s reasonable for open carry? If so, how are we different from the anti-gun groups who are systematically dismantling our personal freedoms. I don’t see how one can support open carry, but then under their breath murmur their disdain and that not be considered hypercritical by our opponents in the anti-gun crowd. About the only we can do is address the cause an effect, but you’ve got to be all in to do so. If you support open carry then you have to support those who would carry what might be deemed irresponsible. As much as you don’t like it, you’ve painted yourself into a corner. It’s kind of like supporting your first amendment right to yell “fire” in a crowded theater. It’s not without consequences though.
A new outlook
Is there a better alternative, I’m not sure at this point since we’ve already opened Pandora’s box. I also don’t think we are going to reach those who would protest, they seem hell bent on continuing said action. I wrote an article a while back about the Gunfighter’s Utopia. Could we be on a precipice where are only hope at this point is to go all in and fully support and navigate towards open carry as the new everyday carry mindset. Wouldn’t that be weird where now those who carry concealed are actually on the opposite end of the spectrum. I know it’s a far cry from reality, but if you follow the current movement to its logical conclusion it would probably look some what similar.
If you are going to openly support open carry, then be careful about putting limitations on the act. If you do, you might find yourself falling into the ranks of gun control fans by proxy.