Open Carry – Don’t be “That Guy”

I was on the phone with a LEO friend of mine.

The topic? the forthcoming “open carry” of handguns in Texas.

The main concern we have is the extreme display of derp that’s going to happen on January 1, 2016 when the open carry law goes into effect.

Here’s the thing.

You HAVE to KNOW that EVERY news outlet across Texas (and beyond) are just salivating for January 1. Why? Because they are itching to be the first to break a story of someone open carrying and royally fucking up.

They want to parade it out and show how dangerous open carry is. How crazy gun owners are. To prove “they were right” all along.

And then yes, all the anti-gun groups are going to pounce. Given it’ll be a Presidential election year, they’ll try to make gun control a big political talking point, and if they work their money and media machine right, we could be in for one hell of a time. Don’t underestimate them.

All because someone couldn’t keep it in their pants…

As much as I hate to say it, given the way so many people are talking on Internet boards and comment threads, I’m expecting the derp to hit fairly soon after the law goes into effect. I just hope I’m proven wrong.

Here’s the thing people.

If you really want to open carry, you need to set and live to a high example. You are going to be scrutinized HEAVILY — both by the anti’s and even “our side”. The anti’s want more fuel for their fire. And folks on our side do not want you to ruin everything for the rest of us.

You need to use a good retention holster (like a Safariland ALS). You need a good and proper gun belt. Dress nice. Look professional. Act professional. Carry yourself like you have your shit together.

Even better? Actually HAVE your shit together. Get some proper training on gun retention. Learn about awareness and alertness, and put it into practice. Live up to a high standard, because EVERYONE is going to expect it of you, so expect even better of yourself.

When you got your handgun license you hopefully understood that you were taking on a big responsibility. The fact the gun now can be out from under your shirt doesn’t diminish that responsibility; in fact, it increases it. You chose to carry a gun because you realized your life and safety was precious and important; that doesn’t change on January 1. You understand Farnam’s Law: “Don’t go to stupid places; don’t associate with stupid people; don’t do stupid things. We will add to that, be in bed by 10 o’clock.”  From that you know you shouldn’t do stupid things – that doesn’t change January 1.

Make your decisions upon sound reasoning. “Because I can” is not often the best reason to do something. Remember why you actually carry a gun, and carry yourself in that manner.

I’m not going to tell you to not open carry. But I am going to ask you to not be “That Guy”.

One thought on “Open Carry – Don’t be “That Guy”

  1. oh, i’ve got my popcorn ready for the show.

    one huge advantage is that the idiots i could never prove were idiots about guns will now demonstrate their idiocy to a much wider audience. let’s hope they don’t get someone killed along the way. /guy

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