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If you encountered someone Open Carrying...

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by danbrew, Jul 6, 2009.

  1. danbrew

    danbrew member

    What would you do?

    Suppose you're sitting in the local waffle house at 9:00a one Sunday morning after church with your family and some guy comes in with a big honken' gun strapped to his leg. Open carry is perfectly legal at this particular time and place, although many of the church going families glance over at this gun and there is general unease within the waffle house.

    Do you:

    • Mind your own business and finish your strawberry waffle
    • Eat faster, pay up, and leave
    • Go have a word with the fella and let him know that folks are nervous
    • Something else? If so, what?

    Then suppose you're sitting in there at 3:00a after a long shift at the mill and it's the same situation?

    Now for both situations above, consider that the guy is somebody that kind of looks like you, is about your age, and generally fits into the place. And then consider that the guy is, maybe, 22, doesn't look like you at all, nobody in the place knows this guy, he's wearing heavy clothes inappropriate for the season, and seems a little off.

    Also consider that you are lawfully carrying. Or that you are not carrying.

    What would you do?
  2. riverrat373

    riverrat373 New Member

    Mind my own business.
  3. possum

    possum New Member

    +1 and give him the same amount of my sittutaional awarness as i give every one that comes in.
  4. There was a guy OCing at the indian buffet I went to last week. My response was to get another serving of chicken tikka masala and some more naan.

    What's the point of this thread, to try to find some underlying prejudice among THR members?
  5. bnkrazy

    bnkrazy New Member

    Say hi, and ask if he knows about the opencarry.org web site. I'm probably OCing as well.
  6. HKUSP45C

    HKUSP45C New Member

    Your initial scenario belies a tremendous bias against open carry.

    I would do the same thing in that situation as I would do in any other situation where someone was obeying the law....

    pay it no mind what-so-ever.
  7. lechiffre

    lechiffre Member

    i would:

    1. suffer from a nose bleed.
    2. white a shaky handed note to my waitress on a napkin informing her that "we are all about to die" and "there is blood on my waffle".
    3. try to sneak out the back door - if my knees hold up.

    maybe i should move out of arizona.

    wait, the waffle house down the street has a "no guns" sign. so i don't have to worry about any guns being in there.
  8. maskedman504

    maskedman504 New Member

    Last edited: Jul 6, 2009
  9. KarenTOC

    KarenTOC Member

    I had a well-thought-out answer detailing what I'd do in each situation. Then I realized that, in all honesty, I probably wouldn't have noticed any of them. My situational awareness stinks.

    note to self: Wake up!
  10. christcorp

    christcorp New Member

    In my opinion (For what it's worth); I would EDUCATE my family or the other church families that are uneasy with the situation. I would tell them the following factoids:

    1. It is perfectly legal for that person to be carrying a gun.
    2. It is their right to carry the gun.
    3. Because of the size of the gun, it's not practical to conceal it.
    4. That there's slim chance that he's a bad guy, because a bad guy wouldn't want you to know/see that he has a gun.
    5. If there was a bad guy there with a gun, you wouldn't know it until they started to rob the place.
    6. This person with an exposed gun is actually "Deterring" a bad guy who might currently be there and considering robbing the place.
    7. And their "Uneasiness" with a person carrying open, is THEIR problem and insecurity and NOT the person carrying the weapon.
    8. Finally; I would have a chat with the minister and see if he could work such education into his next sermon to speak of rights given to us by our creator. And if the minister wasn't a supporter or was MORE POLITICALLY CORRECT, I would have to chastise him/her.

    Anyway, that's what I would do.
  11. Kleanbore

    Kleanbore Moderator

    Why would anyone do anything at all?

    If a citizen chooses to carry openly in a jurisdiction and place in which it is legal, is there any reason at all to believe that said individual is even remotely likely to do anything dangerous?

    I'd be much more concerned about someone not carrying openly, perhaps checking something under his clothing now and then, and glancing furtively at the doors, windows counter, and people inside and out--and maybe over at the register.

    No, whatever the person's reason for carrying openly, I think you can bet your bottom dollar that it is not because he's about to do something wrong.

    Why the question, if I might ask?
  12. Mohawk

    Mohawk New Member

    This thread has the potential to become a large basket of "road apples".

    I'd do NOTHING concerning the OC. Probably order another blueberry waffle.
  13. runrabbitrun

    runrabbitrun member

    Mind my own business.
    Judge yet ye be judged.
  14. jackstinson

    jackstinson New Member

    I'd mind my own damn business.
    As for "general unease"....That sounds like a personal problem on their part.
    Around here, the Waffle Houses have "no firearms" signage. It is unlikely anyone would OC past that...CC perhaps, OC probably not.
    And last but certainly not least; if you are eating any meal at a Waffle House, you have already laid your life on the line.
  15. jrpeppers

    jrpeppers New Member

    Why are "church going folks" automatically freaked out because of a guy following the law. Oh, I get it, if you go to church you must be sheltered from everything enjoyable in life. My dad's a preacher and he's been shooting his whole life.
    I guarantee he would do the same thing I would do, pay him no more attention than the guy with a pocket knife clipped to his jeans.
    I'm kind of disappointed in you danbrew, I would hope we could all expect more from our senior members here at THR.
  16. bababooey32

    bababooey32 New Member

    Shoot him. /sarc off

    A better question is: "What do you expect others to do if/when they notice YOU carrying?" I would do unto this fellow what I expect others to do unto me.

    Edited to include obvious answer: "NOTHING!!!""
  17. weisse52

    weisse52 New Member

    Best answer I have seen....
  18. dirt_j00

    dirt_j00 New Member

    jrpeppers - Senior member status is gained by having 100+ posts, that's all. FYI
  19. Rockwell1

    Rockwell1 member

    What was the point of this thread again?
  20. runrabbitrun

    runrabbitrun member

    Beats me.

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