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My feelings on holstered guns in public

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A little background on me before we start, I am active duty Army, (just got back in after getting out for two years) and a three Iraqi War veteran. I am a support solider for a Special Forces unit, and I deployed with SF. Having said that, I am no stranger to weapons.

With that information, I can't help but get very upset and annoyed when I see someone (besides obvious police) in public with a holstered weapon. It makes me very uncomfortable.

There are two occasions that really made me squirm.

In Taco Bell, I was on my lunch break for the civilian job that I had when I was out of the Army for two years. I noticed four mechanics in mechanic's overalls with their company's name on it, as well as their name. I walked buy and noticed that all four of them had holstered Glocks. I wanted to walk up to them and ask them why in the F**K they find it necessary to have holstered weapons in Taco Bell while I am trying to grab a bite to eat with my wife and my two year old. Could they not have just stashed their guns at their worksite? What did they need them at work for anyways?

The second occasion happened today at WalMart. I was in the Subway enjoying my breakfast when an obviously military, but off duty, soldier walks in with his kid to order some food. He has a holstered Berreta. Once again, why in the F**K would you find it necessary to have a holstered weapon inside WalMart?

I read a post on an arguement site once that a pro-gun person made, justifying walking around random places with firearms.His justifications were that people with weapons on their hips had to have certain liscenses and permits and pass various background checks to be allowed to do so. My arguement to that? SO F*****G WHAT? I still don't know who the hell that person is, or what mental state they are in, or anything at all about them, OR if they actually have a permit or just think no one will question them. It makes me uneasy. One last point I want to try to make, don't you think if someone was planning to shoot up Taco Bell, or WalMart (because lets face it, they are SOOO dangerous...) that you would be the first person to get your head blown off?

I am going to completely contradict myself here and say I understand the paranoia from all of the reason gun violence, and why some people think its necessary, but I think we all need to work together appease gun enthusiasts and anti-gun people. Most importantly, we need to work together to make this country safe!

First I want to thank you for your service, and then tell you that a weapon is worthless if you find yourself in a situation and dont have it with you.

If someone walked into that Toco Bell and started shooting or an armed robbery... you would be glad that those armed citizens wee there to protect you and your family.

And most importantly, It is our American right to be armed. People who cant live with that truth, and who do not have an understanding of our heritage and the meaning behind the second ammendment dont have to live here.

Anyone that doesnt want to be around legal firearms should move to a country that does not allow it... not try to get the rights of everyone else taken away.

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Maybe they were leaving work and going to a range? Leaving an unsecured firearm in a vehicle isn't legal, while carrying an open holster is.

Seems to me they were following the law.

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Yet I cannot bring my nunchucks or Sai to a Zaxby's... Its why we walk in the shadows.

And crave seasoned salt on crinkle fries.

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Yea that's exactly what happens, I tote a gun everywhere in public in iraq, I just roam the streets freely and walk into their homes and business establishments and threaten and intimate poor innocent civilians...idiot

Who said anything about threatening?

You obviously feel threatened by open carriers, so I assume you implied it...

Much like foreigners probably do when they see US military roaming their streets.

Hypocrite.

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They are just overcompensating

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i'd much prefer people open carry to concealed carry... i'd like to know if the people around me have guns... also, it actually has the possibility of acting as a deterent.

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lol @ the neg reps

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lol @ the neg reps

Well it was pretty much the dumbest post ever.

Even by huddle standards

"well shtop carruhun gunsh in a war shone!"

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This is Merica where my arbitrary interpretation of a document written hundreds of years ago is FACT.

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This is Merica where my arbitrary interpretation of a document written hundreds of years ago is FACT.

You expect us to believe you read a document written hundreds of years ago when you've made it obvious you haven't read this thread that you've responded to?

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Thank you for your service CK88...

That being said, a couple points come to mind. For one, I ran into an open/holstered carrier at a restaurant once and it made me extremely uncomfortable. For all of the arguments that if some looney walked into a public place and attempted to shoot it up that one of these legal gun owners would save us by taking him out... LOL. Every one I've seen, I would not trust them to stop anything. These aren't tough looking, Bruce Willis/John McClane looking guys... They look like guys who were bullied growing up and carry a gun to compensate or make them feel tough. I don't want to rely on that guy in an emergency...

Another time my wife and I were visiting family and friends in Wilmington. We went into the Walmart off College Rd. and came back out, got into our car, and when I looked up in my mirror there was a guy walking in our direction up from behind the car. I continued to look b/c I had a weary feeling about him... Well, that was because as I continued to look at him, he pulls a handgun out of his waist line, takes a rag out, and cocks back the slide. I immediately turned the car on and pulled away. As I was doing so, he gets into the car behind us and that was that... I still don't know what he was doing, but it was creepy.

And my last point about holstered guns in public... how do you know when someone is going to snap? It doesn't have to be the gun owner. What if some nutcase in the store they're in snaps, sees their gun, overpowers them and takes it, and starts shooting everyone? CC is fine, but I'm not comfortable with holstered guns in public.

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And my last point about holstered guns in public... how do you know when someone is going to snap? It doesn't have to be the gun owner. What if some nutcase in the store they're in snaps, sees their gun, overpowers them and takes it, and starts shooting everyone? CC is fine, but I'm not comfortable with holstered guns in public.

I mentioned something similar to a friend the other day. There are many people who think teachers should be armed. I am not one of them. A few of the teachers I knew in school were not that stable. I am not sure if I would trust them, especially if they are dealing with a lot of high schoolers. Although I might have paid more attention in class and turned in all my work if my teacher had a glock strapped to her side. :)

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