Either way, I thought the story might serve as a good basis for discussion of retention tactics for those who open carry. What might have changed the outcome of this story?
Yes, but that won't persaude the OC advocates to rethink their position.
There are two things that are obvious about OC.
1. Most criminal elements will stear clear of you, and you're safer in that regard.
2. Some won't and they'll have the tactical advantage if they want to take you down, and you may not see it coming. With those individuals, you're in more danger than ever.
The individual who was murdered was not an intended victim until his gun was spotted by a couple of opportunists.