I like to ramble on about how open carry is not such a big deal to most people, and how it is becoming surprisingly mundane for such an out-of-the-ordinary activity, but, as is often the case, other folks do a much better job illustrating the point than I manage to:
Special thanks to NancyR for loaning me her Sweet Daughter for an afternoon during the 2011 NRA Annual Meeting. We ate brownies, got free tactical hats, giggled at kitty videos on the internet, rode up and down (& up and down) the escalators, carried a stuffed bunny around the exhibit hall…all while I carried a gun on my hip – and it was fun! The new normal, one girl at a time.
I confess to not regularly reading NancyR’s weblog, and thus I do not know Sweet Daughter’s actual age, but it is probably no more than about six or seven; however, the young lady has already learned that "firearms" are far from mutually exclusive with "safe", "fun", or "female", and is further learning – literally at the knee of some very impressive people – that an adult human being is not only responsible for her safety, she should also take responsibility for her safety. And, being the precocious young lady she probably is, Sweet Daughter will probably be enthusiastically sharing her experiences with her compatriots in very short order.
The problems anti-rights cultists are facing are that firearms are fun, firearms are empowering, firearms are equalizers (both in terms of gender and size), and the ownership of firearms is a Constitutionally-protected, individual, human right. On the other hand, "gun control" is none of those things, and actually fails miserably at its stated goal. With a disparity like that, how can the hoplophobes ever hope to succeed?