Update 11:15 PM EST
This post generated more discussion (and more hate) than I thought it would, and one of the guys in the video below contacted me on Facebook to share his side of the story. He assured me that he and his friend do this all the time and that there was no “demonstrating”. When I asked him why they do this, and so near a Boys & Girls Brigade and a school administration building, here’s what he had to say. I copied/pasted his response with permission rather than putting his response in my own words.
well i open carry a long gun to show people that you have options for defending your self. i need to go off topic to explain. one of my friends is jon. he was involved in a open carry stop that hit the news in green bay a week before i carried up there. 15 cops showed up. but they handled it perfect. the police are great up there. jon only owned a shot gun until last week because he had to sell is expensive glock to pay medical bills. if you own a long gun i rather see people carry it and talk to police from time to time then be a victim. i know that is the worse explanation ever but hope it works
I thought it was important to be fair to the story and tell the other side. Those of you who are new to Monderno should know that I live in an open carry state (Montana) and that I open carry all the time. I’ve also long been a proponent of Constitutional Carry (use the site’s search feature), but I do not agree with open carry “demonstrations” because I feel they do more harm than good. I took the same heat (though admittedly to a lesser degree) for my views on the recent Starbucks situation. I think shoving things down people’s throats is the wrong approach, and is not the way to win hearts and minds.
I’ve been meaning to share this one for a while now because I think there are a lot of pro-Second Amendment folks that can learn a lesson from it.
Generally speaking, most open carry demonstrations are not only idiotic, but actually hurt the very cause they are supposedly supporting, which is gun rights. I get why people do it – it’s the whole “a right not exercised is a right lost” argument, which I agree with to a certain extent. However, marching around town with a rifle slung over your back just to get a rise out of the police isn’t a great way to show society that gun rights should be supported.
Good on this cop for explaining to these guys how their actions are going to actually hurt gun rights.
What you two are doing…you’re hurting us. You’re hurting the Second Amendment.