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  1. gcmj45acp

    gcmj45acp Member

    Feb 2, 2009
    Houston Metro Area
    Folks, I have been trying to put together a blog post on this but, I'm suffering writers' block. Here's the deal. The Open Carry issue has been thrust into the eye of the national media lately and the result is not all positive. If I've never made it clear, I firmly believe in the 2nd Amendment. I am no shill for Obama and have nothing in common with the Brady Campaign. However, as I see it, we as a community may in fact be our own worst enemy. This isn't about blaming Open Carry folks, it's about a community's tendency to throw its own people under the bus.

    Thirty years ago, the NRA and much of gun community in general threw "machine gun" owners and manufacturers under the bus to support the firearm Owners' Protection Act. It happened again with the import ban of 1989 in which the NRA, led by hunters and Elmer Fud collectors, again tossed anything that didn't have a "sporting purpose" under the bus. This of course was a partial blueprint for the next big exercise in bus driving, the 1994 Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act, aka the Assault Weapon Ban. Folks, we are again seeing an exercise in bus driving with open carry.

    The big difference this time around is both sides of the open carry issue are running each other over. Open Carry folks claim they are educating people and that rights not exercised are rights lost. Concealed carry folks say they are just scaring people and that it will result in the loss of rights we already have. I would suggest that both are right but, each is starting to see the other as a threat to 2nd Amendment and this conflict is undermining the collective power of our community. I do not pretend to have the answer but, folks, we need to find a way to get past this infighting before it destroys us from within.

  2. Vaquero

    Vaquero Pre-ban

    Apr 4, 2011
    Out West
  3. dustycorgill

    dustycorgill Well-Known

    Jan 28, 2013
    Garland, Texas
    I agree. Well put.
  4. Tejano Scott

    Tejano Scott TGT Addict

    Jun 6, 2011
    The Woodlands
    Good point. It would be easier not to turn on our own if the Non-OC crowd didn't act and sound like a bunch of liberals trying to talk down to me because I have a different understanding of my rights and a different opinion about when I can/should carry a weapon. On the flip side, OC crowd would be better served by having the hardcore OC crowd try to stop themselves from getting into nasty videotaped confrontations with LEO (many times are staged for dramatic affect) and not insisting on carrying an ar15 into a coffeeshop.
  5. Glockster69

    Glockster69 TGT Addict BANNED!!!

    Jul 1, 2011
    Agreed. Your rights do not trump MY rights on my property.
  6. Shotgun Jeremy

    Shotgun Jeremy TGT Addict

    Jul 8, 2012
    Copperas Cove
    I've been noticing this trend for a while-just haven't been sure what to do about it.
  7. jordanmills

    jordanmills TGT Addict

    Sep 29, 2009
    Pearland, TX
    Not even relevant. How about we just don't make a point of involving moderately friendly third parties when it has nothing to do with their business.
  8. Glockster69

    Glockster69 TGT Addict BANNED!!!

    Jul 1, 2011
    I was speaking as if I were the business owner (3rd party). My post is irrelevant while yours is spot on?

    I swear Jordan, sometimes you seem to go out of your way to be an ass.

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