Open or Concealed
We gun owners are used to people of the anti-gun camp making arguments against our legal and responsible gun ownership. Concealed carry with a permit is allowed in all states except one, Illinois. There are only 12 states that allow open carry with little restriction: Alabama, Alaska, Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, South Dakota, Vermont, Kentucky, and Virginia. If you are a law abiding citizen in good standing, you are free to carry.
Not everyone in the pro-gun camp likes the idea of open carry. There are some that say that open carry would give more chances of gun related accidents. Others say that open carry would be a great crime deterrent due to the fact more guns would be present in the general public. Each side has legitimate points on the issue, but most issues come down to personal responsibility. I know that some will automatically state that many of today’s citizens lack personal responsibility, and I would have to agree with that to a certain extent.
How do we solve the problem? The answer is simple, but hard in the execution of the solution. What might that answer be? Our youth. Responsible gun owners need to properly educate and train today’s youth in the proper use and handling of firearms. That’s not to say that we can’t try and train every adult as well.
Ask yourself this question: Why do I need to pay for a license to be able to carry my gun when the 2ND Amendment guarantees me the right to bear arms? Like Ted Nugent says, “The 2nd amendment is my concealed carry license “, or open carry for that matter. The only reason we must ask (or pay in most cases) to legally carry a firearm is because we have given up our right to do so in the past.
“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” -2nd Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America
WE THE PEOPLE are the militia spoken of. We are the last line of defense against a foreign enemy invasion and the first line of defense against a tyrannical government. If we wait for someone else to do what needs be done, then by the time it gets done, it may be too late.
Whether you are for or against open carry, or concealed carry for that matter, it comes down to one question we must ask ourselves: What will I have to ask permission for tomorrow?
We are free citizens and we should act and be treated as such.
Happy Shooting, God Bless America and God bless you and yours ~