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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

How do you do that?

I watch the various open carry debates with interest, the latest one at Sebastian's. This one is a bit different since it's prompted by a more mainstream source, and as usual the comments are the juicy parts!

Andrew states that we were on the right track "normalizing concealed carry". As point of order, you can't normalize something that's out of sight, unless you're going to wear a shirt that states "I am concealing a firearm", which defeats the purpose. This is what I call the Concealed Carry Conundrum. In reality, the only things that serve to 'normalize' concealed carry are news reports of how many permits are being issued, coupled with the citizenry's thinking about the fact that they may indeed be walking around concealed weapons on a daily basis.

I don't think the citizenry thinks that much at all.

Jacob Sullum, I believe, hits the nail on the head when he says this (emphasis mine):
Then again, the sight of people with pistols on their hips could serve to confirm prejudices about gun owners among people who believe they fetishize their weapons and seek to project a macho image.

And that's the problem ..... dealing with others' prejudices ...... an adverse opinion or leaning formed without just grounds or before sufficient knowledge.

So how do you provide the sufficient knowledge? Those people have to start asking questions, and they won't unless they're pushed into it.


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