Tuesday, May 20, 2014

I Guess I Need To Update My List...

...of Rules for Responsible Gun Owners.
Over on my left sidebar a little ways down below the links and the archive, you'll find my "Exercise Your 2nd Amendment Rights" Section where I make an offer to take folks that are new to guns and shooting to the range as an introduction, and I also enumerate the 4 rules of gun safety...
1. Always treat a firearms as if it is loaded.
2. Never point a firearm at anyone or anything that you do not intend to kill or destroy.
3. Keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot.
4. Know your target and what is beyond the target.
For the concise breakdown, please see Jeff Cooper's commentaries- Volume 6, Number 2.
It is definitely worth reading the original missive...

Now- It seems that this list needs to be updated.

Before I get into the meat of the issue, let me state I'm an Open Carry proponent. In Florida, however, open carry is not an option. There are times and places that I'd like to exercise my rights by open carry, and there are times and places where it would be impractical or perhaps downright foolish. That doesn't mean you shouldn't be able to do it if you so choose...
The guys at Florida Carry are doing a great job at trying to shift Florida's status to legalize open carry in an organized and gentle manner- fishing events coordinated with local LEOs etc (In FL you can open carry when you are hunting [duh], camping or fishing). Godspeed y'all.
One of the local Jacksonville TV stations did a piece on the monthly OC fishing event at the Jax Beach Pier... Not too bad of a hack job.

This all being said-
I need to add to my rules list- appending the following -
5. Don't be a dick.
Robb (Sharp as a Marble) has been tilting at this windmill for a long time and his views on it are must-read...
And example of such is the kind of stunt that has the Anti's panties in a bunch and forced Chipotle to issue a "Please don't do that" statement....


You think this is going to sway public opinion to be OK with OC?
Jeebus Pete- get a clue, will you? You're just giving Bloomberg and MDA fuel for their fires, and you are not helping the situation.

When your are carrying, either Open or Concealed, don't be a dick.



Borepatch said...

I have to say that I'm completely with Chipotle on this. The only thing I'd change is replacing the signs saying "No firearms permitted" by ones saying "No firearms permitted when carried by dicks"

Old NFO said...

Idjits... sigh

B said...

Yeah, if you walk into a restaurant where I am eating with an AK variant in your hands, yer gonna make me very nervous too.

I might well react poorly.

TOTWTYTR said...

This sort of thing is not helpful to the cause of, well anything firearms related. There is nothing like fulfilling every stereotype of gun owners so that the anti gun forces can point to them.

Why do some people insist on doing the job of our adversaries for them?

Plus they look like morons.

Which might be an insult to morons.