Deaths could have been prevented… except for “open carry”

Open carry.

Gun nuts LOVE open carry.

The problem with open carry is that people have no way to tell the difference between a “good guy” who is open carrying and a “bad guy” who is open carrying.

Gun nuts, however, don’t care. Just so long as there’s shooting and someone — or several people — die.

A neighbor might have helped stopped a Colorado man from killing three people as he roamed around with a military-style rifle, but the state’s open carry law apparently prevented police from following up on her concerned report.

Naomi Bettis called 911 Saturday after spotting her neighbor, who she recognized but did not know by name, walking outside his home with an AR-15 rifle, reported the Denver Post.

“He did have a distraught look on his face,” Bettis said. “It looked like he had a rough couple days or so.”

However, the 911 dispatcher declined to send police and reminded Bettis that Colorado allows gun owners to legally and publicly carry their firearms out in the open.

Police eventually did respond — but not until 33-year-old Noah Harpham had already shot two women and a man with the rifle that had concerned his neighbor at least several minutes earlier.

Read on: Colorado man goes on murderous rampage after 911 dispatcher lectures panicked caller on open carry law

See also: WATCH: The Colorado gunman was another anti-government religious nut