Open Carry demonstrations continue to draw criticism, both from people who abhor firearms and people who don’t want people to abhor firearms. This time ’round the debate’s in the great state of Indiana. “Discussions online [at indianashooter.com] indicate some gun owners plan to openly carry rifles and handguns around Monument Circle on the day after Thanksgiving,” theindychannel.com reports. “According to a flier that will be handed out by participants, the purpose of the walk is to, ‘educate our fellow Hoosiers about our rights to lawfully keep and bear arms.'” The “Black Friday” event fits the usual non-strident, loosely organized template for open carry demos. But it’s still got some (ostensibly?) pro-gun folks twitchy . . .
City-County Councilor Ed Coleman said he is a strong supporter of Second Amendment rights but has concerns about the walk.
“I urge this group to reconsider their actions,” he said via e-mail. “I don’t think it will have the desired effect that they are looking for.”
Mike Hilton, of Pop Guns, called the plan asinine.
“It’s kind of cowboy action. It’s little children playing,” he said. “The general population are intimidated by firearms, so why cause a problem?”