I don’t know why this is hard to understand, but let me explain something. When you dress up to play soldier, and walk down my street, or any street, or a damn Wal-Mart aisle, with an assault rifle, sidearm, some extra clips and magazines and some body armor, I have one rational conclusion to draw: You are there to either terrorize or murder me, or both.
What you are advertising to the rest of us unarmed, reasonable civilians is that you are physically, psychologically and technologically prepared to murder every single one of us in cold blood if you decide to. We have no way of knowing whether you are a psychopathic wing-nut, or just a regular wing-nut who is confusing wing-nuttery with patriotism. Until you decide whether to open fire fill the air with a hail of freedom lozenges, we are kept in suspense, and I can only assume that’s your intent behind all the empty rhetoric.
And as you stalk down our streets and through our neighborhoods, you are not a patriot, you are a bully of the lowest sort. You are a blustering thug over-compensating for your own cowardice and fear. You see, that’s how the rest of us get through every day of our lives without an AR-15 at our hip or body armor on – we are not cowards, at least not most of the time. We meet each other, day after day, without feeling any need to have a weapon out to scare one other, or show how tough we are, how much we love the Constitution. We meet face to face, like grownups, like equals. Like citizens.
So, if your intent is to terrorize the people around you, and intimidate them, and reveal yourself to be a fear-driven wingnut (at best), then by all means, continue with the Open Carry. If your intent is anything else, leave the toys at home and meet us face to face, like grownups do.
The rest of us.