I usually have a pretty decent amount of patience for people when it comes to debates. As long as people are behaving rationally, not denying facts and have the ability to make some sort of valid points, I’m willing to entertain someone who has a differing opinion on any number of topics.
But when it comes to open carry activists, I have little (if any) patience. These people are just radical right-wing anti-government idiots.
This whole premise that “the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun” is absurd in and of itself.
I’ve still yet to have any of these open carry activists tell me how to properly separate a “bad guy with a gun” from a “good guy with a gun,” prior to the bad guy opening fire, in a society where everyone is openly carrying guns.
After all, in a society where everyone can openly carry a gun, wasn’t Adam Lanza (the Sandy Hook shooter) legally allowed to openly flaunt guns in public? Granted, there would be different laws for carrying guns on school property, but then what about this guy? He grabbed a rifle, strapped on a bullet proof vest and legally marched in front of a school (off school property) scaring the hell out of parents, many of whom called 911 – all in the name of “gun advocacy.”
What if he had been another Adam Lanza? How would we have been able to tell? Because what he was doing was legal.
Then there’s this guy. He went around flaunting his gun in a park full of parents and children, taunting them by saying, “You want to see my gun? Look, I got a gun and there’s nothing you can do about it.” And he was right. What he was doing (scaring the hell out of parents and children) was perfectly legal.
What if he had been the next James Holmes (the Aurora, Colorado shooter)? If this individual in the park had unloaded a 30-round clip into a crowd of children, up until that point, he would have just been “a legal citizen openly carrying a gun.”
And let’s not act as if openly carrying guns doesn’t have a lot of prejudice and racism behind it as well. Because I just can’t see a group of 4 or 5 young African-American males strolling through a predominantly white subdivision strapped with loaded AK-47’s setting the residents of that neighborhood at ease. In fact, I can almost guarantee that there would be more than a few calls to police if that were to happen.
Or you’re telling me if a group of American Muslim men dressed in traditional Islamic garb were to strap a few AK-47’s to their backs and stroll through a very Christian area of Mississippi, the right-wing Christian conservatives of that area would feel “safer” with these armed men present?
But what if just any group of individuals, of any race, walked into a crowded store wearing fatigues and bullet proof vests with AR-15’s strapped to their backs. You’re telling me the people shopping in that store would suddenly feel “safer”?
It’s just all mindless idiocy.
And I still go back to the one question none of these gun nuts can answer: How can we tell the difference between a “bad guy with a gun” and a “good guy with a gun” before the “bad guy” shoots or kills someone?
Then let’s look at another glaringly obvious point. If a criminal has a gun, and is intent on committing a crime, who do you think they’re going to target first? The people not openly showing whether or not their armed, or the unsuspecting citizen who’s announcing to all of the world “Hey, shoot me first! I’m freely showing you that I’m armed and the biggest threat to you committing this crime!”
But then there’s another issue that seemingly no “gun enthusiast” who’s eager to get into some kind of Wild West-style shootout with a “bad guy” knows how to answer: What if someone with a gun (openly carrying or concealed) decides to shoot at a criminal opening fire on a crowd of people and this “good guy” ends up killing an innocent civilian? Wouldn’t they then be a killer of an innocent life themselves? Will these “gun enthusiasts” then be on the side of sending this individual who tried to be the “good guy with a gun” to prison for years because they struck and killed an innocent target in a hail of gunfire?
Besides, when mental health is clearly a driving force that leads people to commit many of these heinous acts, couldn’t it be argued that someone who feels the need to openly carry a gun with them every single place they go is suffering from some kind of mental instability? Irrational insecurity, paranoia, delusions of grandeur – you name it. It just doesn’t seem very stable if you ask me.
At the end of the day, the vast majority of Americans do not want a society where any idiot can freely walk around openly carrying a gun.
This isn’t the 1800’s and the Wild West died for a reason. It’s 2015 and we’re living in a modern society. Someone might want to send these open carry activists that memo.