Open Carry Warrior or Potential Assailant?


You don't have to go very far down the YouTube rabbit hole before you find an example of someone open carrying an AR-15. These videos generally involve some form of interaction with law enforcement, some of which go terribly wrong. So let's take a brief moment to dissect this. Where is the line between "Open Carry Warrior" and "Potential Assailant"? Don't get me wrong, I am a staunch supporter of our second amendment rights, and I believe that most of these people embarked on these adventures with good intentions. However, lets remember that age old adage, "The road to hell is paved with good intentions". We need to acknowledge that it is simply not normal, in American society, to see someone walking down a street with an AR-15 hanging from a shoulder strap. If I were to see this, my initial reaction is not going to be "Hey, here is a guy taking advantage of his second amendment rights". I am going to perceive this individual as a potential threat. You need to be aware that when you decide to carry a firearm that every encounter is now an armed encounter. In these videos, the individuals always seemed to be surprised when they are approached by red and blue lights. I can assure that dispatch has received numerous calls, at this point, about a potential armed assailant. The Police will respond prepared to use deadly force against an armed assailant. Then, to further agitate the situation, the individuals in these videos are generally not compliant with law enforcement officers. They refuse to provide identification and often seem combative. This is a potentially deadly mixture. Which brings to mind another age old adage, "Play stupid games and you will win stupid prizes". In my opinion, the people that do this are not at all contributing to the support of our second amendment rights. What they are doing is creating a potentially volatile and deadly situation. So I will ask again, where is the line between "Open Carry Warrior" and "Potential Assailant"? Please leave me your comments and questions. I would love to hear your thoughts.

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