On Open Carry and Morality

My comment posted on another blog.

I have no moral duty whatsoever to prevent someone from stealing and misusing my tools. The moral duty is on the OTHER person to not steal them.

It is pure pragmatism that I lock my doors set the alarm before I leave the house, and it’s also pragmatism that made me buy a gun safe.

Morality has nothing to do with it.

The fact is that if someone WANTS to steal my gun bad enough, there is no way to prevent it. No lock is unpick-able and no safe is uncrackable.

And no holster or super ninja moves will prevent someone from stealing my gun on the street if they want it bad enough.

But none of that is a moral failing on my part.

To try to make retention a moral issue is playing right into the hands of the Bradys because there is NO WAY to make 100% certain that your gun can’t be stolen when you’re carrying it. The only solution is to not carry.

I will not accept that solution, or the false moral obligation.

What’s with gunbloggers sounding like they work for the Bradys these days?

Let’s not use the anti-gun arguments against our own people, mkay?

UPDATE: Other comments have been added to the thread. Go read.

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0 Responses to On Open Carry and Morality

  1. Rivrdog says:

    My detailed reply to this comment is posted on my blog, just below Alan’s.



  2. Bob S. says:

    I agree Alan.

    Well said.

  3. Jim says:

    Rivrdog is a virulent statist and no friend of freedom. I stopped reading him a long time ago for that reason.

  4. Big Gay Al says:

    The problem is the break within the pro-gun community, between those who advocate for Open carry, and those who think Concealed is the ONLY way to go. Those who are anti-OC, think it’s a tactical mistake to OC. And nothing you or I say will change their minds.

  5. Old NFO says:

    I agree, good post!