Yes, I chose open carry. I know: carrying openly makes me vulnerable to a gun grab and/or a “shoot-him-first” attack. But gun rights are my job. I am a defender and spokesman for Americans’ natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms. I’ve decided to walk the talk. Literally. To fly the flag. Symbolically. More than that, I believe that openly carrying a handgun – which, as a licensed concealed carrier in the Lone Star State, I will be “allowed” to do come January first – is a strong crime deterrent. I only wish . . .
that I lived in a place where I wasn’t likely to be the only person open carrying a sidearm. I reckon if one open carrier is a deterrent, two are ten times more effective. Still, I open carried in Rhode Island for a while, so I can guess what’s going to happen. Clean-cut, short-haired, simply dressed, old, slightly fat, cowboy hat-wearing white guy. Cop. Anyway, three-out-of-ten is a lot more open carry compadres than I’d imagined. Thank you for your service – to yourself, your loved ones, other innocent life and the perpetuation of American gun rights.