I live in Texas and right now a big dividing issue among Texans is the new open carry law that just went into motion. Open carry is the ability to visibly show that you're carrying a firearm in public without having it be a criminal offense. As of January 1st, open carry became legal in Texas for anyone who has a handgun license (longarms such as rifles don't require a license), and on August 1st, citizens will be able to concealed carry their weapons on public college campuses. Businesses and private property owners can forbid firearms (both concealed and open carry) on their property as long as they display the proper signage.The law, coming in after what seems to have been a year of constant mass shootings, has of course prompted debate. Both pro-open carry and anti-open carry people are boycotting stores that don't see eye to eye with them. People have quit their jobs citing that they no longer feel safe when the people they have to deal with are able to openly carry guns.
So being that I have the opportunity to discuss this with a wide variety of people from around the world, what do you all think about this? Would you personally feel threatened or in danger if you saw somebody with a gun? If you don't like the idea of open carry would you still be okay with concealed carry? Also I'm curious to know about how much experience you all have with guns, and if you think your opinion would be different if you lived in a more gun tolerant/intolerant country.
My dad was in the military and my mom was a police officer so they've both have been around guns and have had training for awhile. They own a few and go to the range every couple of weeks just as a fun thing to do. They both have had permits since only concealed carry was allowed but they never really took their guns out unless they were going to the range and they don't have any plans to openly carry. They never really brought guns into our home until I was a teenager but even then, growing up in Texas/Oklahoma/Missouri with friends whose parents were either avid hunters or also military/police I was never really sheltered from guns. I was never afraid for my life that one day either my friends or their parents would snap and go on a shooting spree or anything like that. They've all had training. They all knew how to use and handle their weapons safely. A few people have told me that they were considering transferring to a school out of state because they didn't want to be around people openly carrying, but I don't really see the sense in it. Personally I'd much rather know that somebody has a gun than not know if they have a gun and the way I see it, if somebody wanted to shoot up a place they'd do it with or without the open carry or even concealed carry laws.
I know that gun control debates have been getting heated in these last couple years, but try to keep the discussion civil.