Originally Posted by Bugguts
I was talking to my husband about this today and he actually pointed out that some who open carry do it to show that they have a gun and other gun owners don't necessarily want to advertise that they are carrying. Is it "Hey look at me I have a gun" or is it "Why do you need to know if I have a gun?" It was an angle that I hadn't thought of.
In my opinion, this would be better framed from the deterrence/strategic philosophy. Would carrying exposed be a better deterrent to bad action in certain places? Would carrying exposed be more comfortable than concealed? Is it better to keep my handgun concealed in certain venues? Crowded areas?
Some might carry exposed to make a show of it, however the majority of those who advocate OC are pretty low key and make a habit of being discrete even while openly armed.