Gun Rights – How To Win Friends and Influence Enemies? Some Thoughts on Open Carry

Gun Rights – How To Win Friends and Influence Enemies? Some Thoughts on Open Carry

Jack Eldon Jackson provides a very thoughtful analysis of the current polarization in the gun rights vs. gun control debate. Using the Founders/Framers as examples and illustrations, he calmly reminds us how patient they were as they sought to establish the Constitution. They wisely chose not to provoke their enemies, but patiently wrote to demonstrate the superiority of the Constitution. They wanted support for their ideas.

Using that context, he reminds us how polarized we have become as a society with regard to gun rights. And, in some States with ‘open carry’ laws it appears that some gun owners who are zealous of their ‘rights’ have almost adopted an in-your-face attitude with their guns in public. Jackson argues that these gun owners are not helping the cause longterm, but in fact are creating fear, animosity, and opposition to what we are doing.

. . . Unfortunately, fewer people today are willing to take the time to truly understand the serious political, economical, and social consequences involved in America’s current constitutional crisis, especially with respect to the Second Amendment. Case in point, the flippantly polarizing antics of a growing faction within some gun-rights groups. The recent statement by Starbucks’ CEO Howard Schultz “requesting that customers no longer bring firearms” into their stores brings to light a prime example — in fact, showing how some people have become so excited about being in the advocacy game they’ve completely lost focus on the ball.

Over the past year, a small number of gunners in the “open carry” movement have descended upon select Starbucks stores as part of a messaging effort to normalize the public’s perception and acceptance of firearms. To their credit, they purchased large amounts of product and expressed their appreciation for the company’s noncombative (i.e., neutral) stand on the Second Amendment. Sound good?

Not so fast. You see, these people didn’t just show up and financially support Starbucks, they arrived in small platoon-like groups with shotguns and tactical rifles slung fore and aft as they sipped their way swaggering about between adult and child patrons alike!

Gee, I wonder. Wouldn’t a discreet, nicely holstered sidearm have sufficed?

While I can appreciate this group’s anxiety over current events and the urge to exercise their constitutional right, such mindless behavior can only be seen as anything but normal. In truth, such antics only serve to help bring about the very thing we all want least — government intervention. . . .

A very thoughtful article, and I highly recommend it. Are you helping or hurting the gun rights cause? Trying to change an already polarized society’s opinion on guns takes time, patience, and wisdom. Give it some thought and read the article.

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