So you believe that what this guy is doing will eventually get the general public used to people walking the streets with rifles? If you do, then ok, but I'd have to disagree. There is no point in the future that people in an urban setting will consider this sight to be normal.
I believe it's perception driven strictly by what you're accustomed to seeing which drives what you think is okay and not okay.
A few weeks ago a guy who walks into a coffee shop, gets some coffee and goes outside to enjoy the day. Moments later a slew of police cars fly to the area looking for a man who a passerby said was a man walking around with a shotgun. The police question the people at the shop, walk outside to question the man of interest. Turns out that the police got their man, but it wasn't a shotgun. It was an umbrella. Yeah, an umbrella, because it had been raining water from the sky. The caller I can only imagine was some little old lady watching the TV, and the people on the TV getting her all worked up in their circus like attempts to keep her enthralled and tuned in. I feel quite certain that it worked.
In England, I'm sure that a bobby walking around with a gun would cause great unrest amongst the population because of perceptions driven by what they are accustomed to seeing and by how weird they have become about guns in general, yet not so in the US. We are quite accustomed to armed policemen.
What we consider normal and abnormal is driven by what we are accustomed to seeing, and by what our society says is normal and abnormal. If people freak, it's usually because they are taught to freak by influences in their society. Such as is with the umbrella incident.
This post was edited on 2/1 at 7:16 am