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Coming out of retirement.
#21
I think I may come out of retirement just to do a few Target appearances.

I quit OC'ing regularly as I moved from being single, living by myself to leaving with my fiancee and 3 kids. There's a lot of dynamic and reasoning, but I can't sit on my ass while every else gets on what used to be my thing. :p
"As I lay rubber down the street I pray for traction I can keep, but if I spin and begin to slide, please dear God, protect my sweet ride."
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#22
goofin;147391 Wrote:
Curmudgeon;147344 Wrote:I haven't stopped OCing. 48 years of living in Maryland and it's going to take a lot more than MDA for me to give it up again. Ever.

I have received more positive comments lately, say in the past couple months. Is it a reaction to recent publicity? I can't say. I can say I refuse to believe my open carry of a holstered pistol with obvious retention while not wearing pajamas and dressed like an escapee from a pajama party has in any way fueled the fires of the anti-gun crowd.

And I challenge anyone else to say it with similar conviction until they've tried/done it.

Open carry, among other things, is not only an opportunity to express and exercise the 1st and 2nd Amendment simultaneously, it is also an opportunity to disprove and debunk SO many myths and logical fallacies so aftern tossed about by the anti-gun crowd, and sometimes, even by our fellow gun carriers, as shown a above. Rolleyes

I say choose whatever method of carry works for you, but for the love logic, please, find sound reasoning. There are so many good reasons, why continue spreading the bad ones around? Shrug

It's been 5 1/2 years now for me. I'm still waiting for my first bad encounter. My most recent good one was with another 5-year old who said he liked the "USA flag" grips on my pistol. He noticed them while we were both checking out groceries at Aldi. I immediately checked for his mother's reaction and noticed she was beaming and grinning from ear-to-ear, not sure what that meant, but she sure wasn't scowling, so I continued to chat with the boy withing earshot of his mother for a few seconds and then we all made our way to our cars.

Another happy moment among hundreds? ...thousands? ...that I would never have had if I concealed. I dunno, maybe you have to lose these rights to appreciate them the way I do. I hear some say things along the lines of "I conceal because I don't want to lose the right." Buddy there is no quicker road. Ask anyone from Maryland. The last rally the held in Annapolis they stopped counting at something over 6,000. What did we have at Harrisburg, a couple hundred? Maryland will never get the right back. Get that? Never.

I open carry for many reasons, really, but one of the big ones for me is to keep it alive. If it disappears, and no ones doing it anyway, it's a walk in the park to legislate it away. Look how it's grown in the past 5-10 years here in PA and around the country. No, the momentum IS NOT with MDA, it is with us, and it will remain with us until and unless we forfeit it.

-End of rant-

Justin, glad to have you back. If you're going to open carry, then yes, OC with discretion. As we both know you have a lot at risk.

PS: I have never open carried any of my long guns anywhere outside of a range or my back patio, in case anyone is curious. I'm a big fan of keeping the right to open carry a long gun, because I want to be able to exercise that right should I decide the time has come, just not the everyday practice.

PPS: I honestly hope no one feels personally attacked by my rant, but 48 years of life in Maryland along with the endless drum-beating of "the streets will run red with the blood of the innocent!!!" followed by "uh-huh, ah know dat's right." ...well, sometimes I react with a bit of passion when I think I'm catching a whiff of the same kind of rhetoric today. So just think of it as a rant thrown out there for general consideration.

Here ends the epistle from uncle james. Angel
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I think we are lucky to live in the harrisburg/lancaster/york area. ive never had problems.


I can't disagree. One might think I'd have issues being so close to Maryland but the folks I've run into are all of like mind. Its safe to say my entire experience of carry would be vastly different if I lived in and had to contend with Philly. I have to be fair to those folks, and those on the outskirts. Just to cite an example or two.

But yeah, you raise a very good and valid point, PA is not the same throughout the state.
“Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.”

William Pitt
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#23
I open carried at Walmart in Hatfield yesterday. It was entirely uneventful.
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#24
bac0nfat;147633 Wrote:I open carried at Walmart in Hatfield yesterday. It was entirely uneventful.

I don't think you're doing it right, then. Big Grin
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#25
I think I'm going to start showing up at rallies and so forth instead of just doing it every day like I used to
"As I lay rubber down the street I pray for traction I can keep, but if I spin and begin to slide, please dear God, protect my sweet ride."
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#26
ByblosHex;147648 Wrote:I think I'm going to start showing up at rallies and so forth instead of just doing it every day like I used to

Like this?

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Cool
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#27
Yes, just like that. :-) You going to the one in Media this weekend?

I really need to invest in a long gun for these things, though I don't know how well I'd fair getting there with it on my bike :-P. I'm waiting for a KSG. I'm also thinking about semi auto p90s.
"As I lay rubber down the street I pray for traction I can keep, but if I spin and begin to slide, please dear God, protect my sweet ride."
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#28
ByblosHex;147655 Wrote:Yes, just like that. :-) You going to the one in Media this weekend?

I really need to invest in a long gun for these things, though I don't know how well I'd fair getting there with it on my bike :-P. I'm waiting for a KSG. I'm also thinking about semi auto p90s.

I haven't heard about the one in media, do you have a link?

As for carrying long guns on a bike, I've done that too Big Grin. There's not much that anyone can do about it! Just make sure you have a REALLY secure sling.
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#29
The problem isn't the bike or the gun, it's the passenger lol.

There's one is media tomorrow at 1pm. It's a Facebook event. I'll grab the link.
"As I lay rubber down the street I pray for traction I can keep, but if I spin and begin to slide, please dear God, protect my sweet ride."
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#30
Here it is https://www.facebook.com/events/58045774...mall_reply
"As I lay rubber down the street I pray for traction I can keep, but if I spin and begin to slide, please dear God, protect my sweet ride."
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