Currently there are some states banning open carry of weapons and some allowing the open carry of weapons. I think that this is a very bad idea because it discourages people from traveling state to state if neighboring states have different gun laws. Some might say that the solution to this is to ban open carry everywhere; however, the weapons laws in some states are worded so badly that open carry of weapons, not necessarily firearms, is already happening. I don't know about other states, but in South Carolina if someone goes into a public place they are open carrying a weapon or streaking. This is because law 16-23-405 says, "'weapon' means . . . or any object which may be used to inflict bodily injury or death." That word may is important. If this wording is taken literally, then everything is a weapon. This shows that in South Carolina open carry is already happening because I am told people wear clothes there. Also, the second amendment say that people can carry weapons however they want. People who are anti-gun say that because the amendment only cites a militia people don't have the right to carry a weapon. However, a militia is an informal civilian force that is formed when the country is attacked. A third reason that we should have open carry is very simple. Who would try to mug someone holding a gun? Also, who would try to mug someone when 10 other people are holding guns? The statistical argument also shows that guns should be carried. The United Kingdom has made it illegal for any private citizen to own a gun. It has the highest rate of violent crime of any country in the world. Switzerland gives a handgun to every adult and trains them how to use it. It has the lowest rate of violent crime of any country in the world. When D.C. made it illegal to have a gun in a house in D.C., murder rates went up 134% despite the national average dropping 2%.
Sigmund Freud ~ "A fear of weapons is a sign of emotional and sexual immaturity."
Yisoruko Yamamoto, Japanese Admiral during WWII ~ "You cannot invade mainland America. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass."