Should people be allowed to carry guns wherever they want? | The Tylt
Should people be allowed to carry guns wherever they want?
Seeing guns in public makes many people uncomfortable. Openly carrying guns is a new trend—only recently have states been pushing to expand gun rights to include openly carrying guns in public spaces. This expansion has been met with resistance from the NRA and police around the nation.
The NRA sees open carry as a bad tactic to expand gun rights. It makes people uncomfortable and could alienate sympathetic voters. In a statement, which they later retracted, the NRA said:
Let's not mince words, not only is it rare, it's downright weird and certainly not a practical way to go normally about your business while being prepared to defend yourself. To those who are not acquainted with the dubious practice of using public displays of firearms as a means to draw attention to oneself or one's cause, it can be downright scary.
Law enforcement opposes open carry too because adding guns to volatile situations rarely ends well. It's rare that good guy with a gun ever stops a crime. In the aftermath of the attack on police officers in Dallas, Mayor Mike Rawlings said: "... in the middle of a firefight it’s hard to pick out the good guys and the bad guys.”
"We're trying as best we can as a law enforcement community to make it work so that citizens can express their Second Amendment rights," Brown said at a recent media event. “But it’s increasingly challenging when people have AR-15s slung over their shoulder and they’re in a crowd. We don’t know who the good guy is versus the bad guy when everyone starts shooting.”
Some gun rights activists are making it a point to openly carry their guns, including rifles, as part of an effort to reduce the stigma against guns and deter crime. Open carry is legal in most of the United States—only California, New York, Washington D.C., Florida, Illinois and South Carolina prohibit carrying guns in public.
Here's why the founder of Open Carry Texas, CJ Grisham, says he and his group make a point of openly carrying their guns:
There is a common belief among concealed handgun advocates (of which I am also one) that if a criminal sees a handgun, the individual carrying it will be the first one targeted. Criminals are cowards. Take for example a story from 2013 in which two armed robbers attempted to rob an Internet café, but were thwarted by an armed senior citizen with a .380 caliber pistol. In Phoenix, a jewelry store attendant scared off TWO robbers when she pulled her own gun. Criminals prefer soft targets, or at least targets they THINK are soft.
As part of our mission, we have worked hard to remove the stigma of guns in society. Beginning at a young age, our children are inundated with educational propaganda proclaiming that guns are bad. Night after night, the media furthers this narrative by sensationalizing the worst aspects of humanity. The entertainment industry relies on hype and inaccurate stereotypes of gun owners. The gun control lobby engages in emotional brainwashing to further its attempts at disarming the American people. Open carry has been proven to deter crime, which is why we believe it is so important.