Gangs Open Carry in Cincinnati

Take a look at the above video.  While I believe in the 2nd Amendment and Ohio’s open carry laws, and that they apply to all individuals, I have a deep rooted problem with this video.

A generalization is looking at tendencies of a majority of people in a cultural group, their values, beliefs, and tendency to engage in certain patterns of behavior, and making generalizations about individual behavior based on group patterns.

A stereotype is automatically applying generalizations to every person in the cultural group, or making generalizations about the group based on the behavior of only a few individuals.

Sorry, but when I refer to this group of individuals as “punk kids” it is most certainly not a stereotype.  Their overall demeanor, language, and lack of respect for the 2nd Amendment hurts the cause of respectful, law abiding gun owners across the country.  Instead, they wish to exploit Ohio’s open carry law to rile up police and obtain publicity through You Tube and other social network sites.  How nice of them to serve up a video to the gun grabbers on a silver platter, showing how young “thug” adults can obtain “assault rifles” and legally parade through the streets.

In a country full of division, the 2nd Amendment sits almost center table amount the hot debates.  Unfortunately, alone are the stories of CCW gun owners preventing murders and to the top of mass media news outlets are videos like these.

  • Dave

    Price Hill has become a war zone. Every day you can read news reports of shootings there, where people seem to shoot each other for no reason. I think these kids are just plain fed up, angry, and desperate. There is no stability in their lives. No safety in their streets. In a sad way, these kids probably think of themselves as sort of a “neighborhood watch” fruitlessly trying to take the neighborhood back from real thugs and gangs that have literally absorbed Price Hill.

    I totally ageree that this makes law-abiding gun owners look bad, having kids toting “high powered assault weapons” down the street and I’m sure it will look bad to people who don’t live there. People who don’t have to put up with the constant fear of violence in their community can afford to look down on them. Everyone has a breaking point though and I guess these kids have reached theirs. I just hope my neighborhood doesn’t get this bad.

  • Mark

    We’re not supposed to judge all liberals by the actions of a few who happen to be criminals but all conservatives are to be judged by the actions of a few who seem to hold related views and engage in criminal or “unapproved” behavior? Chuck Norris’ self-esteem should not be in question because a couple of intellectually challenged individuals chose to engage in ill-advised behavior during which absolutely no one was threatened or harmed in any way other than becoming frightened much later when they learned about it secondhand. It was a stupid stunt, but the idea of organizational monopoly on firearms is rooted in aristocracy.

  • helinski

    Bottom line: If they are legal and have harmed no one, they have a right to their first and second amendment rights. If they act on some stupid impulse and harm someone, then that’s a different story. But until they do, they have every right to talk and carry within the law.