If they only want to show off a cool-looking gun, maybe they should carry it unloaded so they don't get in too much trouble.I have a good friend from college years who thinks no one should carry, because as a teenage girl her father told her she should not carry because the bad guy would take it from her and use it against her. She has internalized that to every bad guy will disarm every good guy, so good guys should not carry. I told her she does not have to carry, but that she should not prevent me from doing so.
With that as the backstory, I would be much more comfortable with open carry in the general population if folks would use proper retention holsters, preferably level 2 or higher. However, it seems to me many open carry for the "look" and as a result select really fine looking display holsters, often highly tooled and decorated leather. I admit, a fine leather holster as seen in old FBI movies or westerns looks great, but such minimal retention devices seem ripe for my friend's father being right in his warning.
As for gun retention, pocket carry in the front pocket seems the most secure, though slower to draw.
And so I have heard, the perps can sometimes tell if a potential victim is not willing to pull the trigger.The proper mental attitude is just as important as the gun, when carrying. Are you prepared to take a human life, when the time comes? And you have to do so without hesitation. Women -- and most men, actually -- are conditioned in our society not to have that mindset. All the training in the world won't overcome that conditioning.
I heard that there are no blue states, only blue cities, and if those blue cities are very big they can pollute the entire state.If you look at the election map for the past Governor's race, the 3 blue cities in the upper right corner are running the entire state. The other blue blue areas aren't in Richmond, Norfolk, and Roanoke areas do not account for many votes in comparison.