It's not really to "educate" anyone. It's not completely for tactical advantage. It's not to make a statement or to exercise my rights. These are all valid arguments, but none of them is mine. I open carry for fashion. It may not always show, but I do care about how I look. Being a slender guy that dislikes baggy, untucked, or otherwise sloppy clothing, I find concealing all but the smallest firearms virtually impossible. Most attempts leave me with strange, cancerous looking bulges from my waistline. I prefer the look of clean straight lines, plus a pistol nicely holstered on the outside. Additionally, I think my all stainless 229 is one of the most attractive sidearms I've ever seen. (I'm not ashamed to admit that it's the primary reason I bought that particular pistol.) I'm proud of owning it and like to show it off.