Open Carry and the Court of Public Op...

Open Carry and the Court of Public Opinion

There are 2 comments on the Examiner.com story from May 23, 2014, titled Open Carry and the Court of Public Opinion. In it, Examiner.com reports that:

To show or not to show, that is the question. The debate will probably continue as long as the debate over the .45 vs. the 9mm.

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General Questions

Beverly, MA

#1 Jun 26, 2014
So, when anyone who owns a gun openly carries, will that put a stop to random shootings by mentally ill people bent on a murder spree that ultimately ends in a suicide either by their own gun or by someone else?

How will those present for the chaos know exactly who is the perpetrator and who is the Good Samaritan with a gun?

How will the police deal with the situation?

Police have already been under so much pressure that they have made bad judgements and shot unarmed folks.

Imagine how many armed people will be shot by police who cannot decide if someone with a gun is the good guy or the bad guy.

And what about stand your ground. If all parties have a gun, who determines the present "owner" of the territory at the time?

It would be great if Open Carry would just make everyone behave and nobody will provoke trouble, but the past behavior of people in general may indicate a free-for-all.

“Constitutionist/ SAF”

Since: Mar 08

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#2 Jun 28, 2014
General Questions wrote:
So, when anyone who owns a gun openly carries, will that put a stop to random shootings by mentally ill people bent on a murder spree that ultimately ends in a suicide either by their own gun or by someone else?
This is the goal, but it rarely works that way. Too many places are gun free zones, and most people don't carry a gun.
General Questions wrote:
How will those present for the chaos know exactly who is the perpetrator and who is the Good Samaritan with a gun?
If you're near, behind, or even facing a shooter (you see him shoot an unarmed person), will you shoot him. Most people will be hiding or on the ground hiding.
General Questions wrote:
How will the police deal with the situation?
Police have already been under so much pressure that they have made bad judgements and shot unarmed folks.
No person is ever allowed to shoot unarmed bystanders, or the wrong person. It's rare when civilians shoot inocent people rather than the actual shooter. Police, not civilians, shoot innocent people (and dogs).
General Questions wrote:
Imagine how many armed people will be shot by police who cannot decide if someone with a gun is the good guy or the bad guy.
How many ? Answer: few if any.
General Questions wrote:
And what about stand your ground. If all parties have a gun, who determines the present "owner" of the territory at the time?
It would be great if Open Carry would just make everyone behave and nobody will provoke trouble, but the past behavior of people in general may indicate a free-for-all.
Prove to me there have been free-for-alls. Stand your ground applies to those who are not armed too.

None of this stuff has to be picture perfect. As it is, bad people have the upper hand while good people have suffered many casualties; it's time to give the 2nd amendment a chance.

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