I read a comment this morning on a Facebook post about open carry laws in stores. One of the comments was against it. Here it is.
“Their business, their rules. Don’t like it? Don’t shop there. Easy.
When I see some stranger grocery shopping with deadly weapons I do NOT feel safer. People like that are paranoid trigger-happy schizophrenics, and no one who’s sane feels safer with them around.
We wanna buy school supplies and groceries… not be ready for a gun war 24/7. Our once peaceful lives are being turned into a war zone all so some gun nuts can keep us all hostage.
Join the military if you’re about that life. Let the rest of us shop in peace. Thanks.”
I agree with this comment in a lot of ways. One of the responses to this comment that hit a mark for me is below.
” The problem is you live in your own little fantasy world that something bad isn’t going to happen to you.”
And there it was. The big divider. All of us are wounded in some way. Some wounds are worse than others. Some wounds cause us to walk around with guns attached to our hips.
They say that the most emotional people walk around with their hearts on their sleeves. I think all of these open carry folks are walking around with their hearts on their hips. They are in great pain and have great fear. I understand that.
Guns are about control. Let’s be clear on that fantasy. Guns give people a sense of control. If you wear a gun on your hip you are saying “I control the conversation.” Police officers are trained to do this and we like to think that they are in control of their pain. We see on the news that that is often not the case.
A gun on the hip by a regular person with no training says “I am in a lot of pain and fear and don’t want you to talk about anything but my gun.” The thing is I think deep down we all know this and really they DO want to talk about how they got so afraid. What wounded you so much that you have to wear a gun to Piggly Wiggly? Combat experience? A robbery? Childhood trauma?
I accept that guns used by a trained professional like a police officer are sometimes necessary. I accept that. I do not accept the Wild West. Even the Wild West sometimes had a sensible Sheriff who made you check your weapons at the city limits.
Another comment by someone is below.
“Someone carrying a gun interrupts your peace?”
Yes. My comment to this comment is below.
“A cop with a gun interrupts my peace too let alone some random person I don’t know.”
When I see a security guard I do not feel safer. My mind goes into defense mode. Isn’t that part of the point of open carry and armed guards? It controls the conversation. Guns! On guard people! It’s also a fantasy. I love the movie Die Hard but I don’t want to live in the movie Die Hard.
Why live that way?
So my point is I think open carry is a terrible idea. I think open carry without a license or training is a TERRIBLE HORRIBLE idea. There is a painful story behind the average citizen who chooses to live with with a gun on their hip. That doesn’t necessarily mean they are going to accidentally shoot someone or have a bad day and take it out with the gun within arm’s reach.
But we all have bad days and we don’t all walk around with a gun on our hip. That’s a good thing I think.