I can't speak for all the Bible-thumping, gun-toting, freedom-loving patriots. I can only speak for myself.
This is a response to Bob Lovrich's letter "Crime and violence," from December 18, 2013.
Those of us that legally carry firearms are amongst the least of your worries. Most of us are peace-loving individuals.
Personally, I'm much, more afraid of agitated drivers than I am of agitated gun owners. If someone threatens another person's life, most people will get agitated. I know I would. For those of you, out there, that are afraid of us that openly carry firearms, let me ask you ask you a question.
How often do we hear about someone committing a crime, while openly carrying? I'm having a hard time finding any incidents like that. Open carry is not the same as brandishing a weapon. Having a firearm in a holster or sling is not the same as brandishing a weapon.
Here's an example. Carrying a pistol in a holster is not brandishing. Drawing a pistol and pointing at someone would be considered brandishing.
I'm not going to force anyone to hang around me. If people want to distance themselves from me, just because I openly carry my firearms, that's fine with me. I'm not going to lose any sleep over it. I won't stop them. I operate on principle, alone. The same thing applies to my friends and family. They all have the right to make their own decisions, as do I.
I'm not sure about the legality of body armor, but if is legal, I'd love to wear some of that, too.