I hesitated to write about this because I try to steer clear of controversial topics on the blog, but this has bothered me so much that I'm going to put it out there.
You might have heard that Texas, which has had a
concealed-carry law for guns for about 20 years now, recently enacted an open-carry law. I
can't tell you how much I hate this. I am not a gun person, first of
all, and I feel like those who choose to display their weapons openly
are looking for a reason to use them. And while I fully acknowledge that, this being
Texas, the person standing in line behind me at the grocery store might
very well have a gun in their purse or somewhere on their body, I don't see it, and therefore I can pretend
that it doesn't exist.
But open-carry is another story. Jeff and I
discussed it and agreed that if we ever walked into a place (a
restaurant, for example) and saw patrons with guns on display at their
waistbands, we'd turn around and walk right out. We have much less
trust in those who feel like they need to show their weapon to the
world. So, imagine my dismay when our next-door neighbor wandered over a
couple of weeks ago, with his holstered pistol clipped to the waistband
of his jeans. I mean, WHY??? Our neighborhood is safe. It was the
middle of the afternoon. It's not like he just got home from work;
he'd been out in the yard most of the day. Realistically, I know that
probably several of my neighbors have their concealed-carry
permits, but why oh why does this man have to open-carry like that?
I will fully admit that I don't even want to try and understand why my neighbor is doing this. I know I sound close-minded, but honestly, there is no argument that will sway me...this isn't the wild wild west, it's a normal suburban neighborhood. And even though I've lived in Texas for nearly as long as I lived in California, I haven't let go of my inner west coast hippie liberal rainbow being - and that person doesn't see the need to openly display a gun while watering the lawn.
Put it AWAY, dude.