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Post by Aaron on Mon May 30, 2011 7:03 pm

So I stumbled across the blog of...well a right wing nutcase who advocated open carry. Now handguns are heavily controlled here unlike the US, so question for my US friends:

What is the benefit of open-carry? Wouldn't that limit your options? I mean one of the things we learned was not to go pick a fight and keep your options open. With this your essentially advertising to any baddies that your armed, making yourself target uno.

Is there something I'm missing here other then your right to do so, depending on your State?

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Re: Open Carry VS Concealed

Post by nickswitz on Mon May 30, 2011 7:21 pm

I always personally liked concealed, basically the same reason you do, it means no one knows your dangerous, which means you have the upper-hand.

The only advantage I can see is so you can compensate for a not so favorable nether region.

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Re: Open Carry VS Concealed

Post by Tsukiyumi on Mon May 30, 2011 7:23 pm

Personally, I think concealed is better for a dozen reasons (like the element of surprise, and the bad guys never knowing who's armed).

Main problem with concealed is that it has to remain concealed at all times, period. Kinda hard to do wearing a t-shirt and shorts, and it's just too fucking hot here to wear much more during this part of the year.

And yeah, using a gun of any type should always be a last resort option. Having it on your hip like Clint Eastwood makes it the only option.

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Re: Open Carry VS Concealed

Post by Aaron on Mon May 30, 2011 7:30 pm

Ahh...I didn't realize that. But I should have.
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Post by Deepcrush on Mon May 30, 2011 11:19 pm

Personally, I would prefer open carry to be law. That way, when someone is armed we know about it. Plus I find it safer when people know that people are armed. Its why crime is so light in rural areas such as where my family comes from. Everyone knows everyone owns firearms. Drive by there gets you cut down and committing a crime just gets you shot by granny on the far side of the parking lot.
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Post by Tsukiyumi on Mon May 30, 2011 11:21 pm

It might be fun to walk around like Il Duce from Boondock Saints, I'll grant that.

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Post by Deepcrush on Mon May 30, 2011 11:25 pm

Yeah, guy out in Fredrick County tried to rob the Cozy. Got shot four times from three people.
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Re: Open Carry VS Concealed

Post by Tsukiyumi on Mon May 30, 2011 11:27 pm

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Re: Open Carry VS Concealed

Post by Deepcrush on Mon May 30, 2011 11:39 pm

Rednecks know how its done.
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Post by Reliant121 on Tue May 31, 2011 3:27 am

Can't say for general attitude in the 'states but one of the main reasons weapons are so rare in the UK is because people carry a genuine fear and even hatred for it. Dad for example: Served in some real shitholes with some properly heavy duty weaponry, but he will point blank refuse to talk to anyone who carries one (like armed guards at military bases or the occasional armed policeman on a train).

It's also seen as a very "American" and therefore "uncivilized" thing to carry weapons or even need to carry weapons.

EDIT: That just proves what arrogant and self-righteous asses most Brits seem to be.
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Re: Open Carry VS Concealed

Post by Aaron on Tue May 31, 2011 7:02 am

*shrug* My grandfather came back from the war and burned his guns. And he was a big hunter before, like most rural Canadians at the time. But he wanted no part of them after.

But yeah Deep, apparently gun crimes are far lower in rural Canada then say Toronto. Probably for the same reason.
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Re: Open Carry VS Concealed

Post by Aaron on Tue May 31, 2011 7:50 am

Reliant121 wrote:Can't say for general attitude in the 'states but one of the main reasons weapons are so rare in the UK is because people carry a genuine fear and even hatred for it. Dad for example: Served in some real shitholes with some properly heavy duty weaponry, but he will point blank refuse to talk to anyone who carries one (like armed guards at military bases or the occasional armed policeman on a train).

It's also seen as a very "American" and therefore "uncivilized" thing to carry weapons or even need to carry weapons.

EDIT: That just proves what arrogant and self-righteous asses most Brits seem to be.

Honestly I find the whole attitude puzzling. I grew up with them and I was in the Army so they don't bother me, aside from modern pistols, but that's because the average pistol shooter I encounter is a poser.

I don't feel the need to carry a weapon, though I usually have a leatherman, nor is it allowed here. Though I can drive around with my shotgun in the passengers seat if I want as long as it's unloaded, something I wouldn't do unless hunting.

But I understand the Yanks have that right.
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Re: Open Carry VS Concealed

Post by Deepcrush on Tue May 31, 2011 11:00 am

Reliant121 wrote:Can't say for general attitude in the 'states but one of the main reasons weapons are so rare in the UK is because people carry a genuine fear and even hatred for it. Dad for example: Served in some real shitholes with some properly heavy duty weaponry, but he will point blank refuse to talk to anyone who carries one (like armed guards at military bases or the occasional armed policeman on a train).

It's also seen as a very "American" and therefore "uncivilized" thing to carry weapons or even need to carry weapons.

EDIT: That just proves what arrogant and self-righteous asses most Brits seem to be.

Just remember that our history with the firearm is because of England's attitude. After the Seven Years War, England removed nearly all of its troops and left the colonies defenseless so those colonies took to their own defense.

Truth is that the US population doesn't "need" firearms anymore. However, being abandoned by our home land and left to fend for ourselves time and again soaked our history so much that now we can't let go of them.
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Re: Open Carry VS Concealed

Post by stitch626 on Tue May 31, 2011 11:04 am

Pretty much. Its been ingrained into our culture that we need guns to protect ourselves because those in charge wouldn't. Even though that is no longer the case, old habits die hard.


Personally, I don't care either way. As long as its not being used to shoot me (or hopefully anyone else).
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