Friday, August 21, 2009

Open Carry Alive & Well in Arizona

Yes, in Arizona we still enjoy the right to keep & BEAR arms without a piece of paper from the Government granting us permission, so long as you do so openly. This apparently freaks out some of those who are scared of guns. I guess it is a bit jarring when they finally come to the realization that people besides the Criminals & Police officers are carrying weapons. Perhaps it is time that they also realize it is far easier to carry a gun for your protection than it is to carry a Police Officer. If you dial 911, it will likely take minutes for the Police to arrive, but your trusty sidearm will always be at your side immediately. Besides that, I have a number of friends who are Police Officers, and I can't think of a single one of them that would consent to being carried around.

Full Audio of Ernest Hancock's interview of Chris: Part 1, Part 2. Earnest Hancock Interview on CNN.

What GOA had to say.

What the press had to say: KTAR, ABC 15.

For once I can agree with something Robert Gibbs said:

Robert Gibbs, the White House press secretary, said people are entitled to carry weapons outside such events if local laws allow it. “There are laws that govern firearms that are done state or locally,” he said. “Those laws don’t change when the president comes to your state or locality.”
Sebastian has the scoop on what some of the bloggers are saying. More at

Update 1: Listen to Alan Korwin discuss this topic with Chicago radio host Greg Jarrett: part 1, part 2.


Chris said...

Great post and video, Justin. The only suggestion I have for our friend carrying the AR-15 is that the correct answer to the question "Why are you carrying that?" is "Because I can."

Chris Knox

Dustin said...

Yes. A couple of other ideas that came to my mind:

1) Answer with another question: "Why are you wearing pants?"

2) "Because a turret Machine Gun is too heavy to carry around"

cory said...

" If you dial 911, it will likely take minutes for the Police to arrive, but your trusty sidearm will always be at your side immediately."

I heard a gunshot in my immediate neighborhood last night and called the blues to report it. It was over ten minutes before I finally saw a patrol car rolling through the neighborhood. I live literally a 60-second drive from Mesa PD. I could probably walk to the station in the time it took for them to send someone by. I'll always be glad I'm a gun owner.

cory said...

And sorry for the doublepost, but I wanted to add that, based on what I've read the Mesa PD generally has a pretty good response time. This may have been a one-off incident on their part, but still... That one time in a thousand that it takes 15 minutes to respond to a call, instead of 3 minutes, could be the one time when someone is trying to kick in your front door.

Dustin said...

Great point Cory. I believe I've read somewhere that even the best PD's have an average response time of 7 to 10 minutes. When someone attacks you may have seconds to defend yourself or die. I'd much rather have the Police arrive to take photos of the bad guy I defended my family from rather than the other way around. :)

Bob G. said...

...And I'd bet that response time is usually for a "typically nice" neighborhood.
In MY particular neighborhood (called "blighted" by the former mayor himself or, as I like to call it - The Badlands), response time might be a bit shorter, but when IMMEDIACY is needed...THAT is when the COLD, LOADED STEEL comes the hell out.

I always tell the wife..if something ever DOES go down, it sure won't be ME..and the police best include the coroner's wagon with whatever units respond...they're gonna need it.

YOU are your FIRST, BEST defense...ALWAYS.

Good video, Dustin.

Stay safe out there, people.

Unknown said...

Great Post Dustin Carl

The answer to why are you carrying that? Because I have the right to!

Bryan said...

Great video post! I have to agree with the other poster, "Because I can." Keep up the good work.

Dustin said...

Thanks all :)

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