Written by Greg Ellifritz
Today’s announcement about Starbucks prohibiting guns in their stores is likely to re-ignite the idiotic debate about open carry. Starbucks tried to remain neutral on the issue of carrying guns on their premises, but then started hearing from unhappy customers when a bunch of open carry advocates started showing up at their stores with slung long guns and pistols on their hips. Those morons turned an ally into an enemy.
It’s no secret that I’m not a fan of open carry (carrying an unconcealed handgun in public). Even where legal, I generally think it’s a poor decision. Too many bad things can happen. My friend Spencer Keepers said it best: “I support the right, not the practice.” I agree with him.
This story should be a cautionary tale to those who think open carry is a good idea…
Last year an open carry advocate was robbed of his gun by a criminal who wasn’t deterred by the fact that he was carrying. This isn’t the only case where something similar has happened.
The open carry advocates insist that crimes like this cannot happen. They are wrong. Open carry likely does deter some criminal activity, but not every criminal will be scared of your big gun.
Having spent a significant part of my life dealing with criminals, I will tell you that they can read body language very well. They know who will use the gun and who won’t. Most have had guns pointed at them their entire lives. Many have already been shot multiple times. It isn’t their first rodeo…and they aren’t scared of you just because that gun on your hip makes you feel like a bad ass.
If I were going to commit a crime, open carry wouldn’t deter me in the least. I’d just take the open carrier out first. Trust me, there are criminals who think the same way I do. Did you see what happened earlier this week in Washington D.C.? A killer armed with a shotgun killed at least one security guard in the Naval Yard in order to take his (open carried) handgun.
What you don’t understand is that some criminals see that open gun on your hip as a challenge, not as a threat. It’s a badge of honor for them to bring a gun home to their hood rat buddies and tell them about how you shit your pants when you felt the knife cutting your throat.
Every year dozens of cops (who have training, backup, and retention holsters) get their guns taken by criminals. But you don’t think a criminal can take the Glock out of your shitty open carry Fobus holster? A wake up call is in order….