I remember that too...funny how quickly the No Weapons (guns) sign went up at the local (now in a "bad" neighborhood") Winn Dixie.I remember years back when they allowed it for a few days the news showed people in miami all open carrying looked like the days of the old west :laughing
FLRon,I would not open carry. Concealed carry offers us a tremendous tactical advantage in just about every scenario. In many situations, open carry would put you at a disadvantage.
While I fully understand the political reasons of the proponents of open carry, I don't carry a weapon to make a political statement. I believe in a low profile and readiness.
Personally, I would be behind open carry - if only to enjoy freedom from the pressures of perfect concealment. However, I am in agreement with others in this string and would prefer to retain the tactical advantages offered by concealment.
Other points about the requirement for a different type of awareness are very well made.