Sometimes the media can be fair to us. They are very right about this statement:
Most of the time people don’t notice Jensen’s gun. That’s not uncommon, said John Pierce, a law student and computer consultant in Virginia who is a co-founder of OpenCarry.org.
“People are carrying pagers, BlackBerrys, cellphones,” Pierce said. “They see a black lump on your belt and their eyes slide off.”
I’ve often had people ask me why I carry, like it’s some kind of great burden. In most cases, people just have a gut reaction to the idea. It’s not that they are afraid, though some are, it’s more that they tend to assume “Well, normal people don’t do that. Why would anyone want to carry a gun around with them?”
Reality is I find a gun to be far less of a burden to carry than a cell phone or a Blackberry. For one, the gun doesn’t bug me regularly to pay attention to it. It’s a passive device. For two, I can’t count the number of cell phone clips I’ve broken by clipping it in doorways or againts walls. I’ve had my Glock do the same, and I think the doorway is getting damaged before the Glock. It’s made to last. Thirdly, I don’t have to worry about whether my Glock is charged sufficiently to make it through the rest of the day, and I’ve never had to scramble around looking for an outlet because it went dead unexpectedly. Of course, if the Brady Campaign gets its way, we’ll all be carrying around smart guns that barely work and has all the same burdens as a cell phone.
The electronics we carry around are quite a burden if you think about it. A gun, comparitively, doesn’t see much day to day use, but if you do need one, you really need one, and I’ve always been one to err on the side of caution.
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