Gun-Rights, Barney Fife Style

Growing up in North Carolina I was raised on reruns of the Andy Griffith Show. The show featured Griffith as Andy Taylor, the Sheriff of the small, fictional town of Mayberry, North Carolina. As I thought about the recent decision by the CEO of Starbucks, I couldn't help think about Andy and his sidekick Barney Fife.

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4 Comments on "Gun-Rights, Barney Fife Style"

  1. Matthew Watrous | September 24, 2013 at 12:50 pm |

    You have perfectly restated my position. Just because one has the choice to open carry, does doing so necessarily make the best statement for the Second Amendment? What does it say to the opposition when gun owners carry AR-15s into a coffee shop? Not everyone is trying to be Tactical Ted with the 5.11 gear and spare mags everywhere. I carry a 1911 anytime that I am not at my place of work as a public school teacher. Do I open carry, ever? Only when I am teaching a firearms class or when I am working behind the counter of the gun store where I teach. In that environment, open carry makes sense. In my local coffee shop or grocery store or library or church, I do not believe open carry will be greeted with open arms. I prefer to make my statements in more subtle ways, via communication and introducing others to the shooting sports in a safe, non-threatening environment.

  2. Well said, both of you!

  3. Agreed- Starbucks didn’t want to be dragged into it. The first “appreciation day” was sufficient. The increasing number of “appreciation days” forced their hand. And of course idiots (from both sides) didn’t help. As for open carry- it depends on where you live if it is legal or accepted. I have open carried before without issue. (save at Costco, who lost my business over it) For the most part, it seems people don’t notice. If you OC a service pistol common to law enforcement, most will think you are a cop anyway. As I see fit, I do carry concealed. It also allows others to get to know me before they know I carry so they don’t get the wrong impression. Individual responsibility comes with the requirement to take others into consideration. A weapon has one of the strongest requirements for responsibility because of the damage it can cause.

  4. Skinnedknuckles | September 28, 2013 at 3:23 pm |

    This OC vs CC debate reminds me of the civil rights movement when I was growing up in the 60’s. Those who pressed the issue with sit in’s at lunch counters and more aggressive demonstrations were criticized by the “mainstream” civil rights activists (who were called Uncle Tom and worse by the more aggressive activists). Today we look back and say that without the aggressive activists the Civil Rights movement would never have achieved critical mass, and the movement survived the illegal activities of the Black Panthers as well.

    I’m still on the fence about some of the more aggressive OC’ers, maybe because I’m too chicken to be out front with them. I do know that we are in this together and I will go out of my way not to criticize someone pressing for recovery of our Second Amendment rights. I just hope they carefully weigh the risks (personally and for the movement) and the rewards (same considerations) before they act. Civil Rights were not supported by the mainstream when Rosa Parks finally got fed up, and she was criticized for her actions more than the police who manhandled her were criticized at the time. Will the guys in Starbucks with their AR’s and the idiot police who arrested them get the same treatment 15 years from now?

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