But on an intellectual level, I just tend to distinguish between concealed carry and open carry in a whole different way. If someone just has a handgun in their glove box or a shoulder-holster, it kind of says to me, this is a law-abiding person prepared to defend themselves and property if they have to. On the other hand, if someone has a sniper-rifle festooned about their person, I kind of feel like they are going out of their way to signify being one bad motor-scooter and are inviting folks to step the hell back. And that bugs me.
See, I know there is this saying that "An Armed Society is a Polite Society", but when I see hammerheads carting AR-15's, I'm all like "This isn't freaking Somalia--you do not need that shit at the food court in the mall! Just have your Jamba Juice without intimidating passersby, m'kay?" And also, as in the case of some Open Carry TX folks who kind of were being ever-present about their gun-having with a handful of "concerned moms" --they weren't really even being polite themselves, were they?
So when the NRA recently referred to Open-Carry demonstrations as "weird", I was kind of heartened that maybe they were coming around to the idea that people find weapons threatening because they are threatening, because they said this:
“Let's not mince words,” the NRA said, “not only is it rare, it's downright weird and certainly not a practical way to go normally about your business while being prepared to defend yourself. To those who are not acquainted with the dubious practice of using public displays of firearms as a means to draw attention to oneself or one's cause, it can be downright scary.”
True, that. But they reversed themselves. At gunpoint, I guess. Anyway, no one ever asked me, but I kind of think guns are a little like tampons. Really, have them close by if you think you might need the protection, but would you really wear them like earrings?