Should Merikans be more suspicious of open carry or concealed carry?

Posted by: Vere_Mendacium

Many instances of officers stopping people who are open carrying, simply to verify that the weapon isn't loaded, or to ask why, are surfacing on the net. Does this make sense? Is a concealed weapon inherently any less suspicious, lawful, or potentially unloaded? I KNOW many of you would like to say the neither or both are/should be more or less suspicious, however, this is the frame of THIS question (lesson).

  • Concealed Carry is more suspicious!

  • Open Carry is more suspicious!

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  • Well, it's pretty obvious that officers will stop more people who are open carrying compared to concealed. Because the concealed weapons are just that, concealed, and hidden from the officers view. So people would generally be more suspicious of open carry, because concealed weapons are not visible, so people would not be suspicious that you're carrying anything dangerous if they can't see it.

  • Why would anyone want to let people know they are armed? Its like showing your hand to everyone at a poker game-you become a sitting duck.

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Vere_Mendacium says2015-05-16T14:40:06.7897149-05:00
This is a trick question, one with a sub-textual lesson, but one I had to add as I didn't see it previously polled. They are, and can only be, equal. The value of suspicion you attribute to guns/people is the value ascribed to either, and subsequently, to both. If open carry is suspicious to people, than so too is to possibility that everyone is suspicious, because they potentially could all be conceal carrying. NOTE: Don't take the 'pictures' to hear.. Open carry does NOT mean waving your guns in the air or pointing it around,, nor does concealed carry (lawful) mean holding it in your hand, but simply hiding it behind one's cloths. Https://en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/Open_carry_in_the_United_States https://en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/Concealed_carry
Midnight1131 says2015-05-16T15:06:52.5651015-05:00
If the gun's are hidden, then they will not be occupying a person's mind. A person will be less wary of someone that might have a gun, compared to someone who has a gun visibly strapped around their shoulder.
PetersSmith says2015-05-16T15:10:15.0712977-05:00
It's 'Mericans.
PetersSmith says2015-05-16T16:01:57.1506091-05:00
Also, amazing photoshop skills.
Vere_Mendacium says2015-05-17T11:01:08.0578476-05:00
Midnight, if you are more suspicious of a potential 'criminal' who shows their gun openly to be more of a threat than the 'criminal' who hides it,,, then I cannot change your line of reasoning.
Vere_Mendacium says2015-05-17T11:05:01.3492725-05:00
Although, I will concede, it is also dependent on the context of the situation; is the person a kid or blind,, where one is or they are.. etc.

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