As the title implies, this is a message to “Irresponsible” open carry practitioners, and not to those who responsibly exercise their rights.
As a current serving military member, former LEO, self-employed firearms instructor and a huge advocate of the 2nd amendment; open carry if done correctly is an effective exercise of ones rights. However, this new trend of wannabe, Delta Dan fantasy operators out there, that run to the store to get a Dr. Pepper while carrying an AR15 or AK47 loaded with high-capacity magazines, or a pistol with multiple magazines on a belt, looking like Rambo meets Inspector Gadget, while wearing a “Don’t Tread on ME” t-shirt and a bandana head band, are doing nothing but fueling controversy and hindering the efforts of those who advocate gun rights on our behalf.
You are causing LEO’s to direct their attention from actual criminal activity, to investigate some call of paranoia in reference to a person walking into a public establishment loaded with an assault rifle, in a time where people do carry firearms into places with evil intent, and go on shooting sprees (consider the most recent active shooter in Charleston, South Carolina). This is the most blatant act of an irresponsible gesture, and does not accomplish anything other than giving the true opponents of the Second Amendment, fuel for their agenda.
So here is my suggestion. If you want to claim that you’re exercising your right to defend yourself, then do so by adopting a mature approach and constitutional sense of responsibility. Learn the laws pertaining to firearms in the jurisdiction which you occupy, like it is your second language. Go to an accomplished and legitimate training company and get trained on how to properly protect yourself by learning the science of survival using a firearm. Stop watching movies and hoping for the day you can be hailed a hero. That is a fallible fantasy and does not replicate real world experience! Use situational awareness, learn threat detection techniques and conflict avoidance, and maintain an effective contingency plan at all times, before you get yourself, your family, or an innocent bystander killed. Just because you own an assault rifle or a pistol, doesn’t mean you have what it takes to effectively deploy that weapons system in a life threatening situation. And you definitely aren’t going to single-handedly stop secret government ninjas, fast roping from Blackhawk helicopters overhead, from taking you out. Train to be able to handle the physiological effects your body will experience when you are facing potential violent death. This doesn’t come in the box your firearm comes in. It’s learned through incredible dedication to extensive training in the art of gun play. Learn how to interact with your local law enforcement community, and stop making it difficult for them. Have some consideration for those who do not share your views. If you truly desire to preserve the rights, our founders so gallantly fought for, then show enough respect for their sacrifices and adopt a responsible approach to exercising those rights, or you simply risk losing them.
Author BIO: As Owner and Director of Medical and Defensive training at Rogue Defensive Strategies, it is my responsibility to oversee and determine the feasibility of defensive firearms training for Civilians. As a company it is our goal to provide our customers with the most current medical and defensive solutions to problems encountered in a Civilian self-defense. As a writer, it is my responsibility and goal to keep you informed.