At this time of year in Arizona, I open carry. I was in a McDonald’s, drinking coffee and using the Internet when I considered how ordinary this all was, and how much heat has been put on Open Carry Texas for merely working to obtain the same freedoms in Texas that we enjoy here in the Grand Canyon State. Freedoms that are part of the law in most states in the union, about 44 at last count. It was particularly surprising how much of the heat was coming from within the gun culture . . .
So I decided to stand with Texas. I saw a gentleman who didn’t seem to be otherwise occupied and asked him to take my picture. He was happy to do so (result above). There were a group of three moms and four girls who watched the process. I mentioned that I was writing an article and one of the moms, Shanna Godinez, said:
I approve of open carry. Then we know who is carrying and who is not.
Interestingly, this was the most common attitude among most of the population up until the 1930s. That was how concealed carry came to be restricted. The open carry of long guns didn’t elicit any negatives from the population up until at least the 1950’s, even in places like New York City.
I told Ms. Godinez of the campaign to show open carriers as irresponsible and she said:
Gun owners are more responsible than other people!
I should have taken a picture of her group. They were excited and happy, and one of the girls who appeared to be about 10 gave me a big, friendly smile as she went out the door.
I regretted not taking their picture, so I decided to ask Luis P. Sevilla, the gentleman who had taken my photo, if I could snap one of him. He had no problem with that, and we started to talk guns. He said that he had open carried himself many times with a local Charro group (Mexican cowboys) in numerous parades. We discussed the stupidity of California gun law.
|Luis P. Sevilla|
What struck me about the experience was the support that I received. Shanna volunteered that she supported open carry. Luis had open carried himself. None of us had ever met before.
True, Arizona is a pretty gun-friendly state, but so is Texas. The false narrative that Moms Demand Action is trying to push, is that the people in that McDonalds are ordinarily terrified of people like me. The overriding response to open carry, which I have observed in several states, and has been relayed to me by numerous other open carriers is…support. Support and indifference are the two most common reactions.
Negative opinions are a tiny minority of the responses, but the Bloomberg-funded media campaign is attempting to create the false narrative that the tiny minority is a much bigger than it really is.
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