Open Carry Encounters and Perception

I want you to take five minutes and watch this video that was posted yesterday at the Chive.

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At no point during that video was I at all sympathetic towards the OC activist, for two reasons: 1) he comes across as a raging SNBI douchebag, and 2) the cop was the picture of professionalism and courtesy. At the end where he the thanks the OC activists for exercising their 2nd Amendment rights, I was like “THIS COP IS AWESOME”, because quite frankly he is. But that’s not what I want to talk about.

What I want to talk about is perception of OC to the general public. I saw this video on The Chive, which is the website I go to when I don’t feel at all like doing my job and I want to look at funny pictures. The Chive also is extremely pro-military and LE, recently using their huge audience to raise several thousand dollars for a wounded EOD vet. Did I mention the part where they clear 2.5 million page views a day easily? So you have a website that hugely popular with exactly the age demographic that the shooting sports are trying to recruit, and here’s the post title:

Good cop just embarrasses douchebag activists

This post isn’t about whether or not you should OC, because I quite frankly don’t care if you do or don’t. The only thing I care about is whether or not when you open carry you’re presenting a good image of gun owners or not. The guy in the video absolutely did not. And he was a bad example in such a spectacular way that instead of maybe 10k people seeing the video on his youtube channel, hundreds of thousands of people will see it.

Most people are generally neutral to gun ownership. You’re not going to convert hardcore anti-gunners, but adults in the 20s to early 30s have been raised around virtual guns, and are generally neutral on the concept…until someone gives them a reason to think that gun owners are jerks.

Like I said, I’m not saying do or don’t open carry. If you want to OC and it’s legal where you live, that’s great. Knock yourself out. But for the sake of the rest of us, please take into consideration what kind of image you’re presenting to the public at large. Because you never know when something you do will go viral. If you’re carrying a handgun around while going about your business, that’s one thing. If you’re OC’ing an MP5 clone or an AR15 in order to record yourself having encounters with the cops, you’re an attention seeking douchebag.

 

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