Rob Pincus and James Yeager on the “Ass-Clownery” of Open Carry

Via Gun Nuts Media – I don’t have a dog in this fight because I frankly don’t carry a gun on a regular basis, though maybe I should. I do like open carry in the woods or around the homestead if I think there might be a fox about but I agree with Pincus on the open carry crowd giving liberals extra ammunition so to speak. On the other hand since when have liberals needed an excuse to grab guns?

On the other hand the “he’s not taken my class so he’s an idiot” subtext of people like Pincus and Yeager (who I respect otherwise) rubs me the wrong way. People have been carrying firearms around without dropping a few grand on “tactical” classes since the 1500s and have done just fine. Anyone who drops thousands of dollars on gun classes but doesn’t have at least a years worth of food and water or who is in debt up to their eyeballs should have their piece taken from them so they can be pistol whipped with it.

As a protest open carrying may or may not work, but there are certainly times when open carry is the only sensible way to go. Like I said (and Pincus does in the video) when you’re in the woods or if you’re working a ranch were hogs and coyotes are. But what about people on the Mexican border? What about walking your dog in urban areas where there are coyote or mountain lion problems? Bothering to make sure no one sees your precious Glock to take your dog out for a quick #2 at 3:00am is silly when you have a Uncle Mikes hip holster ready for dog walking duty. I think they might be broad brushing a bit to make an otherwise important point.

2 thoughts on “Rob Pincus and James Yeager on the “Ass-Clownery” of Open Carry

  1. Fascinating… I have a fair amount of respect for Yeager. But their argument really went nowhere.

    They felt the need to tell us their general opinion and talk about that there are numerous reasons concealed is better than open. Of course, they failed to put those points out there to be weighed and measured. Instead–as you mentioned Rob–all they seemed interested in was training.

    I agree with the point that people should invest more time in training, but don’t see how it was a good fit for the conversation. It was a side issue and there for a digression. It was not an active contribution to the discussion of open carry.

    On open carry as a political statement: Is their stance that gun owners should sit down, be quit, and hope no one notices us? Because that stance works so well…

    Would they like to tell Rosa Parks she should have gone to the back of the buss? After all, you don’t want to cause a stir or anything…

  2. You make a good point. They seem to be using the passage of a anti-open carry law in one state to claim that open carry is self-defeating which isn’t true since there was another state that signed open carry protection into law.

    I think training with these guys is a great idea – if you have a few grand burning a hole in your pocket. I don’t and since the economy is about to really go off the cliff again I can’t in good conscience tell people to drop that kind of money on training when food inflation has been in the double digits for at least the last two years.

    I grew up in an inner city, I’ve had guns pulled on me and have been shot at. That said I still don’t habitually carry especially now that I’m a bit older and have taken to carrying a walking stick around with me so I don’t like to give opinions to others about this since I’ really don’t do it. I don’t personally believe that concealed carrying semi-autos is the answer to every situation gun owners face, I’m a “kit gun” guy myself and farmers and ranchers are better off spending class money on course teaching how to use the gun they have for coyotes and hogs which are shotguns and rifles. I’ll end with a controversial point – no person considered a great gun fighter got that status by taking classes like these.

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