This past week I was in my favorite restaurant (which just happens to be Middle Eastern cuisine). Two guys walked in who both had pistols on their sides. One also had a big knife in his belt. Both were proud and slingin loud. They sat down near the door to eat. As I watched them sit and eat I thought about the possibilities, my mind changed about open carry.
The first clear and obvious benefit of being around good folks who choose to open carry is that they deter petty crime. There is no way any low level criminal was going to do anything with these guys around.
As I sat down and ate in the back of the restaurant facing the door, another thought came to mind that further solidified my support for open carry.
Because these guys were so obvious and out in the open, if any serious criminal wanted to do harm in this place, they would first look to take these two guys out. It would be easy because they weren’t particularly concerned about their position in the restaurant. To anyone with serious combat experience these two guys would be the first targets for any serious criminal. In this case, if it hit the fan, the bad guys would take these two guys out, and as they were doing that, I would have time to draw my weapon and surprise them with return fire. Based on my positioning and the fact that I carry concealed, they would have little concern about me until it was too late for them.
So, to all my open carry friends out there, I don’t wish you any harm, but you should know that you are welcome to eat at my favorite restaurant any time.
Be Prepared. Stay Vigilant. Remember that YOU are your first line of defense.