I actually did not know that Michigan was an open-carry state, all I knew was that they honored my Indiana CCW, which was good enough for me.
While the article itself is actually kind of crappy (they point out weird stuff, like how the group was “mostly white men”) I want to focus on the line from our favorite troll, Petey Hamm of the Brady Campaign.
Peter Hamm, spokesman for the Brady Campaign, the largest U.S. gun control organization, said he doesn’t dispute the legal right to carry weapons openly (emphasis mine)
He obviously goes on to spout the new Brady line about how open carry people are just trying to scare folk, but again I want to go back to the above – this is where we are, and it’s a perfect example of how far we’ve come on the gun rights debate. When I was in high school, or even early in college, I would never have imagined that I’d hear the spokesperson for a major anti-gun organization saying that they “acknowledge the right to open-carry”.
Think about that for a minute, because that’s actually a big deal. When the other side is acknowledging rights that some of our own view as controversial (want to have some fun? Start a thread about open carry at The Firing Line – ed.) it shows just how they’ve been pushed by CCW laws, by the Heller decision, and by our activism. NRA did not become the 800 lb gorilla in the room because they have a cool website, they got their because of you and I, the members.
When I read stuff like that quote from Lil’ Petey, it just reinforces my desire to keep fighting for our right to keep and bear arms – keep writing my legislators, volunteering with my local party, working to get pro-gun candidates elected. Because when I see the Brady Campaign saying “well, yeah, they do have a right to open carry, curse them” it makes me want to keep pushing them closer to the proverbial cliff edge.