My recent posting of a YouTube video showing several girls getting questioned by police due to their open carrying of a firearm stirred up some comments. You may have noticed that I did not comment on the video when initially published. This was on purpose as I was really curious what everyone would think about it.
Much like every other possible issue that exists – people had very different opinions:
Commentors “Guy” and “Navy91” voiced an opinion that they were doing nothing illegal and was within their rights to open carry.
“Tabitha” added that the people being questioned had the right to NOT show an ID to the officer due to not performing an illegal act.
“Tim” added that the officer was doing his job and likely could have been nicer – but was probably irritated due to being filmed.
“Joan” questioned why the girls would be carrying a gun into Wal-Mart at all and suggested that they could have left them in the car. She felt the officer did his job and did just fine.
“Solomon” provided his opinion that open carry is just flat out not tactically smart and should not be done.
“Jm” emphasized the rights of the law abiding citizen – multiple times.
“Kevin” felt that the police officer was on a power trip.
“Irish-7” just flat out made a lot of sense.
and I am sure as I write this the comments are still rolling in.
If you haven’t watched the video please go HERE to get a better understanding as to what we are all referring to.
Here is my take:
I do not like open carry. I think open carry instigates and creates negative situations for gun owners. It is flat out bad for the reputation of gun owners and gun rights and I do not see that it serves any purpose that could not be filled by concealed carry. Of course there may be a few situations where open carry could resolve a situation with just the gun being visible – but overall I do not agree with it. The drawbacks outweigh the benefits.
Now, the officer was flat out a jerk – period. The FACT is those girls were not doing anything illegal. The officer I am sure was well aware of the law and whether or not he likes it he must enforce it. Now – do I believe he should have the right to ask for an ID for someone walking through Wal-Mart with a firearm? I struggle with that one. Again – I do not believe open carry should be legal, however if it IS legal and they are doing no wrong it is overbearing and unjust to just go around and ask for ID’s.
Lastly – let me point this out – the filmmakers were jerks as well. In a real world situation where the officer was not “set up” to be video taped by multiple people, he may have just approached the open-carry people, asked for an ID, asked them why they were carrying a firearm, and then would have let them on their way. What is an officer to do when he gets a call from a citizen has a concern about multiple people carry guns in a Wal-Mart? He must investigate it!
It is a tough situation and many made some great points on both sides of the argument. I am a very firm supporter of the 2nd Amendment – make no mistake about it. The ability to protect ourselves from each other as well as a tyrannical government is imperative to the Republic.
Good discussion folks. Thanks everyone for their input.
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