Open Carry in Public Places: Thoughts and Experience

After I got off of work, I walked over to our local grocery store to pick up some items for dinner. As I was walking around I noticed a man with a shoulder holster. Once I realized what it was, I took a peak at his side and saw a gun tucked underneath his arm. I then looked up to see him giving me a weird look, smiled and walked away. I thought more about this as I was finishing up shopping for the items on my list. If I would have seen this man even 6 months ago, I probably would have FREAKED out. Honestly, I probably would have felt a pit in my stomach, left my items on a shelf and left. So I thought, why did I react differently this time? I was interested to know what type of pistol he had and was fascinated by the fact that he was openly carrying it in a grocery store (holstered obviously, not LITERALLY carrying it just in case I needed to clarify). Well, I can answer this in one word: Education. I have consistently educated myself on proper gun handling and safety. I did not see this guy as a threat to me BECAUSE his gun was properly holstered. People FEAR guns which is why they feel the need to control ownership by implementing gun carry laws. In most cases, people fear what they don’t understand, which is why my reaction was different than if this same exact situation happened to me in the recent past. I no longer fear them because I understand them. 

I have heard many arguments against open and concealed carry. Here is one I think we’ve all heard: “How am I supposed to know the difference between a law-abiding citizen carrying his/her gun and a mass shooter?” There are many different ways, one being the example I mentioned above. If you see a customer walking in with his/her gun holstered, they aren’t breaking any rules (unless otherwise stated by the business) and most likely aren’t there to hurt anyone. Now, if someone walks in, finger on the trigger and a crazy look on their face, well you may just have a problem. But can you see the difference here? Am I saying that no mass murderer EVER will have his/her gun holstered? No, BUT I am saying that it is highly unlikely. 

Next, I wonder why people are against open carry. People get REALLY freaked by seeing a gun, even if it is holstered. My question is, wouldn’t you anti-gun people rather SEE someone’s gun? I would think you would be more freaked out by not knowing if someone has one or not. But I guess ignorance is bliss.

Anyways, enough with my little rant of the day. I wish I would have gotten a picture with this guy to show people that gun owners who are practicing proper gun safety and holstering are not the people you should be concerned with, BUT I didn’t want to seem more like I creeper than I already had by eyeing his weapon. Whoops..

What are your thoughts?