Newport News police are investigating after a man reported he was pushed to the ground and had his handgun stolen late last week…. He was wearing his handgun in a holster, open carry, on his hip, Eley said.
The article continues telling about an informal survey about open carry vs. training.
Among those who responded, there was a clear trend.
A significant percentage of open carriers had no formal training at all (no, the various required concealed carry permitting classes are not training), and those who were serious students of armed self defense (most attended at least one defensive firearms class a year) almost never open carried by choice.
The more professional defensive firearms training someone had, the less likely they were to choose open carry.
So yeah… take from that what you will.
File it under “the more you know, the better decisions you can make”.
Also file it under “you don’t know what you don’t know”. But it seems the less you actually know, the more you think you know. Y’know?
As I’ve said before, I see no particular advantage to open carry (at least for myself), and I see a lot of downsides. It’s good to have the option, but just because you can doesn’t mean you should.
Stay safe. Be smart. Get smarter (get training, get educated).