Seeing the peeps that think walking through a Target with an AR-15 is their freedom....tells me what i need to know about a lot of gun enthusiasts.
Never heard of a Target being robbed...but expecting folks not to be alarmed by a gun walking around a store with an assult rifle is crazy.
Sure you can eat your burger with your sidearm but I have a right to eat as well without your dumbass accidentially discharging your gun at a Smashburger too.
From my experience, the owners who tote their AR-15s through Target or any other store are absolute morons and don't represent the majority of gun owners.
Personally, I think anyone who open carries is asking to get themselves killed with their own weapon. Unless your head is on a swivel, you can't watch everyone all the time. It's almost too easy to disarm someone when they aren't paying attention. A friend of mine and I practice picking each others pocket for our CCW so we know how it feels if someone tried to do it to us and to make sure that there isn't easy access to our weapons for someone else.
Some stores have signs posted for no open carry, but welcoming CCW holders as long as they can shoot straight. I'm actually for that policy in most places, no open carry, CCW welcome. It lets responsible owners know that business appreciates their right to carry, but also respects other customers right to shop without fear of a spray and pray.
The biggest problem I see with gun ownership is there are far to many idiots with guns. I am all for gun reform, as long as it's actually going to be enforced and laws are within reason. I see no reason why I can't own an AR-15 if I pass a mental health and ATF background check. I find long range shooting to be very relaxing whether it be pistol or rifle. Do I need a full auto weapon? Probably not, but if I want to pay for a license to own one (which is about $1800 a year from what I've seen) and can jump through all the legal hoops during the year, then so be it.
Gun owners should have to pass a proficiency test at minimum every other year and realistically every year. If you can't control the damn thing, you shouldn't own the damn thing. You are absolutely correct that you shouldn't have to worry about Plexico shooting himself in Smashburger, but I should also have the right to defend myself if he decides to try and shoot me.