My two favorite lines people who hate open carry use are, “You are hurting the Second Amendment” and “Just because you can doesn’t mean you should”. Inevitably they will always use this in their argument. Let’s take a closer look at these two assertions.
“You are hurting the Second Amendment”
First of all the Second Amendment shouldn’t exist at all. WHAAA, HUHH??? Shocking I know, but if you have ever studied history you would know that many of our most liberty loving founding fathers actually hated the bill of rights. This may sound counter intuitive, but think about it for a second. The reason they opposed it is because they never wanted Americans to think that their rights were restricted to only what what in the bill of rights. This is why we have the 9th and 10th amendments. It’s to remind us that we have ALL the rights, and those written down are only the most important. So any compromise, AT ALL, of our expressly written, most important rights is an ANTI rights view. That’s right if you don’t think open carry should be legal you are NOT a second amendment supporter.
Let me reel it back in for a minute. So the argument is “If you open carry you will make moderates anti-gun”. ….. OH you are being serious when you say that? There is no such thing as moderates when it comes to issues like guns, and if anyone is “hurting the second amendment” it’s the people PUBLICLY criticizing open carriers. Presenting a fractured front against the whales of rabidly anti gun nuts in D.C. is stupid and wrong. Plus I guarantee that those people bitching about open carriers are not the ones out doing any of the leg work to defend our rights. At least those open carrying to make a statement care enough to put their reputations on the line to defend their rights. If you want to criticize someone on their form or method then correct them in private, and at least be fair to them. Because blasting them publicly about how stupid they are certainly won’t make them want to come around to your way of thinking. Notice there isn’t any open carriers blasting people for not doing it.
“Just because you can doesn’t mean you should”
Once again I have to go back to the rights angle here. This statement in every way is an un-American, anti rights view. On the surface you might think this makes sense, unless you have a highly tuned anarchist streak in your blood like myself. This statement implies that just because you have rights, doesn’t mean you should use them. This is the kind of thinking that backs almost all progressive liberal thinking. Jim Crow Laws, Marriage Licenses, GUN CONTROL. Yea that’s right, gun control had it’s birth in this thinking. White folks afraid of the newly freed black slaves instituted licenses to be able to marry, segregation laws, and GUN CONTROL. These people are trying to use shame to manipulate other people to their way of thinking. Well the shame is on you anti- rights folks, because it’s just plain un-American.
This statement is so full of rights hating fail that people who don’t see that, make me suspicious. I have to go back again to the “mind your own business” angle. This is a nation of free people, who are you to tell anyone else how to live their lives. Maybe you should concern yourself with the plank in your eye before the speck in mine.
I choose to surround myself with people who are more concerned with protecting the rights of a man than what the man chooses to do with those rights. Because the guy looking out for your rights, is truly your neighbor.