It has been a little while since I have had the time to hammer out an article but last week something caught my attention that made me really want to get back to the keyboard. It was kind of a tragic comedy in my opinion mainly because this proves something that I have said for quite awhile now. If you missed the news or are unsure what I am getting at an Oregon man was robbed of his gun while open carrying.
All the time I hear and read open carry advocates claim that displaying a gun openly is the ultimate deterrent. We have heard all the examples, “The convenience store robber will see them standing there armed and the sight of their gun will sway the decision-making of the would be bad guy into picking another time and place.”
I never could come to agree with these theories. Criminals don’t fear the mere sight of a gun, they fear the armed citizen that is willing to use the gun. What happened in Oregon just cements this idea into my mind. Not only did the bad guy not automatically see the gun and run away, he walked up to the open carrier and struck up a conversation, bummed a cigarette, then robbed him. Die hard open carry advocates need to realize that they cannot rely on the idea that the mere presence of a gun will keep them safe. So many of them seem to believe it is like garlic to a vampire and that is far from the truth.
Am I against open carry? No, I believe there is a time and place for everything when done properly. I sometimes open carry to and from the range depending on what the day holds. I saw 3 or 4 people open carrying at our recent county fair and the holster of choice seemed to be a soft nylon Uncle Mikes with a strap and button snap for retention. At least one of these candidates didn’t have the button snapped. As I said, when done properly…
Please, if you are going to open carry use some form of retention holster and have some form of physical retention training. And please, for God’s sake, don’t think that just because you have a gun that everyone can see nobody will target you. You never know, it might be what puts you in the cross hairs to begin with.
Let me know below or on the Facebook page what you think about today’s subject. If you open carry are you immune to attacks?