Sometimes, good intentions have bad outcomes. To exaggerate a bit, setting your house on fire to stay warm on a cold night would be an example of bad outcomes born of good intentions. In a way, that is what open carry activist groups are doing to the Second Amendment. They want to say that we have a right to be armed, and that the vast majority of gun owners mean no harm to those who mean them no harm. Instead, they are lighting fires that they cannot extinguish and burning down the desire to listen to their cause.
Worse than making people not want to listen to their cause is that they present themselves as extremists and make people feel like all gun owners are crazy. And who wants a crazy person to own a gun? Sometimes, stepping outside of the comfort zone is a good way to make a point. Other times however, it simply pushes people to an uncomfortable place and they recoil from it.
When a group of people show up in places where guns are unwelcome with rifles slung over the shoulder, the people in the area may become uncomfortable. Add that in with the anti-gun media who will portray the group as bad as possible, and nothing good will be created. More often than not, in fact, groups like Open Carry-Texas have made businesses put up “No Gun” signs more than they have convinced them to take them down.
So, why do they do it? Why can’t they see how they are hurting the cause rather than helping it? Some have suggested that a significant percentage of these groups are actually anti-gun groups who pose as pro-gun groups to show a crazy face of gun owners. I doubt this is the truth. Again, it seems more likely that, though the intentions are good, the methods simply start fires. This is because they are working on emotions rather than logic. The anti-gun movement does the same thing. Emotions grab the masses better than statistics and case studies and, therefore, are used by those who are driven more by emotion than logic.
The problem with this, however, is that emotions can be hard to create in other people. Well, at least the desired emotion. Activists will pull stunts to make you feel a certain way about a subject, but the emotions felt may not be what were desired. If emotion, rather than logic, was the cause for the performance of the stunts, it is easy to get mad at the people who had the “wrong” reaction to your actions and chalk it up to needing to try harder in the future. This becomes a never ending cycle that only serves to hurt the cause, no matter what the cause is. As you push harder, the more they push back, causing you to push harder.
Because of this, all logical gun owners who want better recognition of our rights need to write off open carry groups as fringe groups that are not speaking on our behalf. If rallies are to be had, if talks are to be conducted, and if light is to be shed, it must be clear that open carry groups are not invited and that they do not speak for us. Those who want to use logic and reason to advance the right to be armed need to be as distant as possible from such groups.
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