So Open Carry (of handguns) is coming soon to Texas.
So just because it’s legal, does that mean it’s a good idea? Because the law says you can, does that mean you should?
As with many things in life, it depends.
There are stories of open carry deterring crime.
There are stories of open carriers getting robbed of their openly carried guns.
There are stories of police having their guns taken and being killed with their own guns. Uniformed police of course open carry, and in retention holsters. Granted, uniformed police act in a different capacity than private citizens, their job requiring them to come into close contact with known criminals who obviously have no reserves about murdering people. But too many private citizens allow strangers to get too close – witness the above open carrier getting robbed.
Yeah yeah… it won’t happen to you. You’re head’s on a swivel, you have the senses and awareness of Daredevil, you live in Condition Yellow. Sure. Fine. But you’re also human, and your awareness will slip, you will make mistakes.
If there are people in this world willing to murder a cop for their gun, what makes you think you’re immune?
Most any trainer worth their salt understands that a fight avoided is a fight won – that whole “discretion is the better part of valor”. Open carry all too often becomes a situation of not avoiding the fight.
Certainly I’m making a blanket statement, from a tactical perspective, with a general recommendation against open carry. It does certainly depend upon context and situation, and may be right and may be harmless at times. But on the whole, in terms of general procedure for daily life, I remain unconvinced open carry is a sound tactical option for most private citizens.
And a big reason for that?
I’ll talk about tomorrow.