“Members of the advocacy group Moms Demand Action delivered more than 72,000 petitions to Harris Teeter’s Matthews-based headquarters Thursday morning, asking the company to ban openly carried guns in its stores,” charlotteobserver.com reports. Why’s that? “You don’t have to have training or a permit to open carry in stores,” North Carolina Advocacy Lead for MDA Christy Clark told the Observer. And? How many open carriers have murdered people while open carrying? None that I can find. And if I could find any, how would that compare to the number of murderous criminals carrying illegally? But that’s not what’s important here. What gun rights advocates need to understand . . .
is that Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America understand that they will lose the battle for gun rights if even a small percentage of Americans openly carry firearms. Because open carriers – nice, normal people carrying guns in public while peaceably going about their business – will normalize guns. They will rob firearms of their power to frighten non-gun owners. At that point, MDA and its ilk will lose the gun control “debate.” Forever.
While I appreciate the tactical advantages of concealed carry, it’s time to face facts: open carry is THE battleground for American gun rights. Not supporting the NRA. Not voting for pro-gun politicians. Not winning court battles restoring Americans’ natural, civil and Constitutional right to keep and bear arms. Openly carrying firearms.
There’s nothing you can do – nothing – that will have as great an impact on firearms freedom. Because the anti-gunners depend on non-gun owners who know nothing of guns to support their war on your RKBA. Undermine that support with open carry – a rude awakening but an awakening nonetheless – and the antis will be dead in the water, Bloomberg billions or no.
When Texas enacts open carry, I will wear a gun on my hip wherever it’s legally allowed. Why? Because I can. Because I must. I must protect my gun rights for my children, my community and my country. If you live in a state that allows open carry you need to open carry your firearm. Tonight. Tomorrow. For years to come. If you don’t, don’t tell me you’re a gun rights advocate. By thy deeds thy shall be known. That is all.