Thought for the day (2): My observations on open carry.
First, if you live in a state that allows open carry that is certainly your right to do so. If it was up to me the 2A would cover you anywhere in the states and its territories, but, alas, that is not the case. As law abiding citizens, we must set an example for all. That said, let’s examine the issue from a tactical perspective.
I am been in the states for the last three weeks working an investigation and completing some annual training requirements. During this time, I have observed three instances that have left me wondering about the tactical mindset of these people.
- I was in a national food chain buying some supplies. I walked down the aisle looking for some coffee when a very obese individual, riding one of those motorized carts (which I assume are for people with disabilities or recovering from surgery) came down the aisle. Now, I never see those things in my world, so, I always stare at them like it was some type of moon rover.
He was wearing earbuds listening to music on some device, actually tapping his legs to the beat. As I stood to one side allowing him to pass, I noticed he was carrying a 1911 type pistol in an open holster. The holster was a cheap non retention. Now, he was at least a hundred pounds overweight, listening to music and carrying an exposed weapon. I was wondering what he would do, how he would actually move, in either a personal attack or an active shooter situation. He turned around and came back my way and as he passed, I actually used my forefinger and touched the butt of his weapon. He was oblivious. If I wanted to, I could have taken that weapon and used it against him, then taken the weapon and killed a few more civilians in the bread aisle.
I had stopped to buy gas at a large retail outlet. As I was filling the tank, a man pulled up beside me on the other side of the pumps, got out and started to pump his gas. There were three little girls in the truck, I am guessing between 3 and 8 years old. He left the door open and the engine running. As he turned to pump gas, I saw he was wearing an S&W M&P in an OWB holster. The holster was a pancake with no thumb break. As I was placing the nozzle back, he decided to clean his windows and came over to my side to get some paper towels. As he passed between me and the pumps, I just touched the holster and he never felt anything. Three little children in the truck, engine running, and weapon displayed and not secured.
An occasional workout partner living in the states called me and asked me to go with her to an antique market which is not located in the best of areas. The market is huge and attracts large crowds on Saturday’s, which in turn draws in predators. As we were walking around looking for her pottery dealer, we stopped in a booth which featured Native America jewelry. A guy comes in wearing some type of garish golfing shirt, shorts, and sandals. As he started talking to the owner, he turned around and I saw he was carrying a Glock 19 in a clip on holster, directly in the crack of his ass. Now, I am not among the elite, but, I am not Gary Geekhead either. There is no way he could have drawn that weapon and got on target in time to do anything, in fact, as I stood next to him, I would have got the weapon on target faster than him.
Open carry in states that allow is certainly your right, but, be smart about it. Have a good holster, the right carry position and a plan to secure your weapon when some tries to take it away. IMHO, open carry places you at a massive tactical disadvantage: If I was a terrorist, active shooter, or hardened felon, I will kill you first, because you are openly displaying a threat. IMHO, not a smart tactical decision.