We had Steve stand on the corner of Main Street with a loaded weapon on his side, out in the open. Dozens of people walked right by Steve without noticing anything. There were a few who seemed to notice the gun and take a second glance but kept on walking. When we added three more open carriers and a child more people seemed to notice the guns. Most we talked to offered support.
Okay, I remember when I moved here and had a very hard time open carrying in town. In town I carried concealed at first even though that wasn't legal (no license) just because I didn't want to cause - or be a part of - a hassle. I'd been illegally carrying a concealed pistol for years'n'years, and that was my comfort zone. So I guess this sort of article shouldn't annoy me as much as it does, and truthfully I do very occasionally run into people who don't like it though only one ever said anything.
So I guess I should be more sympathetic. But I swear sometimes it only seems like a big deal because people who should know better make it a big deal. It's a gun, not a demon on your belt with a mind of its own. Act like it, and most other people will. In the process, you're helping to re-normalize something that should never have become abnormal in the first place.