Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Rethinking Open Carry?

I'm pessimistic. I do believe there are people who realize that everyone at any protest could be armed and would that be a good idea?

In the chaos following the sniper attack, which killed five police officers patrolling the march, the presence of numerous armed individuals running through the streets made it difficult for officers to distinguish between suspects and marchers, feeding the misconception that there were multiple assailants at large.

You and I see that as an actual problem. Not everyone does. 

C. J. Grisham, president of Open Carry Texas, told The Dallas Morning News that “the bad guys are the ones shooting,” so it shouldn’t be hard to separate the good guys from the bad guys.

Mr. Grisham told the Associated Press that open-carry activists can prevent alarm by keeping their gun slung on their back with their muzzle pointing down and not touching it to make it clear they don't intend to be confrontational.

See how simple that is. Then there's Mayor Rawlings and Sgt. Dyer who don't see the simplicity.

"Even open carry proponents will see the common sense in restricting open carry in environments like a protest," Sergeant Dyer said.

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, a Democrat and a shotgun owner, also called for tightening the state's gun laws to restrict carrying rifles and shotguns to public events, including sports games and protests. "This stuff should be common sense and not driven by ideology," Mr. Rawlings said. 

Common sense is a violation of the second amendment. Sorry. 

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