Liberty wrote: Syntyr wrote:
My suggestion to compare Arizona to Texas though wasn't to imply that it should be easier to pass the implementation, but rather we that we should be able to use data from Arizona to judge the success or failure of open carry. This might not be the time to pass Constitutional Carry, but it is the time to start making the case for it.
Totally agree on the validity of your statement. But the problem is the very statement itself requires that legislatures and their constituents use logic and think about an issue instead of using their feels. Unfortunately a majority of people nowadays rely on their feelings and even mentioning the word gun evoks a fight or flight response in them. Dont know how we get past it but I wish we could...
Education! It's worked in past, but it takes time. Most people in Texas are comfortable with an armed public, and this is why we have come so far.
Exactly, the general public is still being fed the left wing, anti gun rhetoric, and with very few exceptions, there is nothing in mainstream communications, to offer a different perspective. I wish that more gun owners, not just LTC holders would become better ambassadors for our cause. I think that we as LTC holders have done an exemplary job of not only educating, but demonstrating our trustworthiness, unfortunately, we haven't been able to expand that message very far outside our inner circle. If we can work together to expand the message that we are not a bunch of "gun nuts" wanting to walk around terrorizing the populace, then we can begin to chip away at the fear and loathing spread by the left. I know it will take two things most people don't have in great supply and that is time and money. I am very encouraged by the huge increases in LTC holders throughout the State, so I believe the wall is slowly coming down, but we will have to remain on our "A" game to continue to spread the message to everyone we can.
I try to talk to people all the time about carrying. Generally when the subject of being afraid to be out in public, comes up, because they are afraid of being victimized, I encourage them to look into the possibility of becoming an LTC holder, training, etc.. Some take it to heart and go about getting their LTC. Others, repeat misinformation they have heard from the left about how dangerous it is to carry, and some are very adamant about not doing so.
These one on one exchanges, are important, but it's a slow process, and doesn't reach everyone.