The open carrying of firearms in public places is inherently threatening and intimidating, and poses risks to those nearby, to law enforcement and to the community.
You'd think with such a dire threat, they would have some anecdotes of open carriers causing people harm or even just behaving in a disorderly fashion, but no.
For example, when open carry has occurred in retail stores, other customers quickly become alarmed and the police often are called to the scene, creating a volatile and potentially dangerous situation. Everyone should have the right to sit in a coffee shop or a restaurant with their families, including their children, without being confronted with the threatening presence of openly-displayed handguns and assault weapons.
That's it. The worst that has happened is that some people see a gun and react with fear. The gun isn't harming anyone, being pointed at anyone, or even handled. It's simply present. And that is apparently enough to petition for the prohibition/regulation of open carry.
Businesses should bar the open, as well as the concealed, carry of firearms on their premises. States where open carry is largely unregulated should either prohibit open carry, with limited exceptions, or adopt measures to subject open carry to strict licensing requirements in the interest of public safety.
Simply being afraid of someone or something is not enough of a reason to restrict someone's rights. That's why Jim Crow and Segregation are no longer around. You can't legislate based on feelings.
The right to carry is on the rise. You won't find many states willing to further curtail the right to bear arms. More people are exercising their right to carry, and thanks to recent legislative victories, they can carry in more places. As said on the Brady Campaign's own page, "More and more gun owners, seeking to “make a statement” about their right to have a gun, are openly carrying guns in public places..." Even Thug-in-Chief Edward Flynn is mulling over the idea of allowing concealed carry in one of the few states that don't allow it.
When will the Brady Campaign realize that just like the Segregationists, they are on the losing side of this issue?