So no surprise: I'm against open carry laws. This comes up because of a friend of mine who posted about making open carry legal in Canada.
Another reason why I wanted to start this blog is to keep track of things I find out while researching different topics, which usually come up in some kind of political poly-type discussion. With the recent Omar Khadr incident, I'd been doing a lot of reading, but I didn't write down the articles I read (and there were probably over two dozen). I figured I should start with open carry, just in case I do more.
Open carry is the act of carrying firearms openly on display in public. Concealed carry is the act of carrying a concealed firearm in public. PolitiFact notes there are 45 states that have some form of open carry.
While I'm reading, I'm really wondering who's more accepted as a gun carrier. Given that blacks in the US sometimes get shot for a lot less than carrying a sidearm, how many black people honestly feel they would be safe with an open carry? Then I read this:
In fact, the DPS data that Briscoe referenced reflect a low conviction rate for people with concealed-handgun licenses. The data also provides a demographic portrait of the typical licensee: white, male, and with a zip code in the suburbs. Saying that licensed handgun carriers are rarely convicted of felonies in Texas is just another way of saying that middle-class white men are rarely convicted of felonies in Texas.
This is also a very telling passage that describes a lot of the attitudes I read about gun ownership, negligence, criminal prosecution, and the Second Amendment:
In one case McClurg examined, a gun owner kept a loaded handgun next to a tray of change in his bedroom, which he allowed his teenage daughter to raid for spending money. Sometimes she did this with her boyfriend; eventually, the boyfriend took the gun and used it to rob and murder a man who was leaving a restaurant. The victim’s family sued the girl’s father for leaving a loaded gun lying around where he knew minors could access it. The court declined to hold him liable, saying it was “not persuaded that society is prepared to extend the duties of gun owners that far.” This reasoning was not based on principles of liability, but on what the court thought the implications would be for gun ownership in America.
I expect this page will be updated periodically as reading and researching continues.
- Politifact.com: Is violent crime lower in states with open carry?
- The Atlantic: The States With The Most Gun Laws See The Fewest Gun-Related Deaths
- Vice: The Good Guy with a Gun Theory, Debunked
- The Atlantic: Tallying the Costs of Open Carry
- Slate: Leave Your Gun Out, Go to Jail
- New Republic: Why Americans Don't Treat Fatal Gun Negligence as a Crime
- New York Times: I’m a Responsible Gun Owner? Seriously?