I was in Arizona last month and only noticed a couple people taking full advantage of the open carry law there.
...Really? Do you really need your BLACKHAWK! SERPA and Glock 17 on your hip to go to Wal-Mart?
I am ALL for CCW and the right to open carry if you want to. But, openly carrying a pistol in public is the dumbest shit I have ever seen in my life.
When someone does want to commit a crime, you are at a massive disadvantage, you will be the first they aim for if they see you.
It is, IMO, for the "tough guys" the ones that put on their "big boy pants" that morning and wanted to feel really cool for a bit.
Obviously, I open carry at work. But it is my job, the weapon on my hip doesn't make me the first target, the badge and uniform do.
Please, get an IWB, and learn how to check the ego.
*If this needs to go in the political section, move it. Kinda on both lines here.
While I understand what you're saying and used to believe it myself I have yet to see any actual evidence of a non-LEO/Security Guard being targeted, disarmed or harmed by a criminal(unless you count LEO's violating civil rights illegally under color of law) because they were OC. There is actually a $100,000 reward for someone who can find verifiable evidence of a person OC'ing resulting in a person being harmed, targeted or disarmed by a criminal going on the opencarry.org forum.
While I don't OC myself because my IWB holster is more comfortable and there is enough FUD going around here in Iowa now that we became shall issue and our Jim Crow laws are slowly being eliminated, I have no problem with anyone doing it.
Also, there are documented cases and testimony of criminals changing their target because they saw a person open carrying.
There are members of the OC community that do it because they are tough guys, feel the need to compensate, are looking to bait LEO's to violate their rights so they can sue them for the money and are doing it simply to be in the face of those who are bothered by it, there are also those who do it entirely on the principles that if you do not exercise your rights, you will lose them.
That being said, if you think OC is stupid because "there is a first for everything" or it's your personal belief and/or preference, all the power to you. Everyone is entitled to their opinion. I just thought I'd point out.
Oh, and I think this could easily remain in the gun talk sub forum if people remain civil. Then again, this is GDC, so we will have to see.