Saturday, August 08, 2015
Open Carry at Meteor Crater Rim
When I was on vacation to the Meteor Crater in Arizona, I open carried into the museum and display area, and on the tour. The guard/ticket seller at the front entrance never blinked. I listened to the tour guide tell us of some of the history, and I asked a question or two. I must have caught the attention of a presumably Navajo grandmother with her family. She might have been my age, give or take a few years.
She asked me if I believed what the tour guide had told us.
I said that I believed most of it, except that I thought it took more than four ranch hands to load the biggest meteor fragment found, a 1440 pound monster, into a wagon. She said that she thought the exact same thing. I said that she had the mind of an engineer, or a scientist, and that I had been both. She was obviously pleased, but insisted it was "just common sense".
She told me that her grandsons had ambitions to be scientists. The trip to the Meteor Crater was a partial reward for her grandsons getting good grades in a challenging school in Texas. Her husband was content to let his wife converse.
She and her husband grew up and raised their children a few miles away from the crater. I gave her and the boys Gun Watch cards.
It was fun to talk to someone of the same mindset who grew up thousands of miles away, in a different culture. No one asked about my openly carried Glock 17.
I have found that most people simply do not worry about whether someone is carrying a gun or not. They are more concerned about how the person acts. Act like a decent human being, be treated as a decent human being. Treat others with respect if you wish to be treated with respect.
I was glad to see that a remote Arizona business wasn't interested in alienating a potential customer base. I doubt if they ever considered a gun ban for their premises. I enjoyed taking the Meteor Crater tour and going through their Discovery Center. If you are passing by on I-40 (old route 66) I recommend it.
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