Anti called me "Rambo"


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C-grunt
June 28, 2006, 06:09 PM
Well it all started when I took my little sister to Jack in the Box for lunch. I got my Glock 23 on my hip open carried( I have to get a new CCW as Az doesnt acnowledge Ga's ). So after we order, we sit down and this man walks up to me. He's about 50 years old and gets right in my face. Conversation goes:
Him: What in the hell are you carrying a gun for?
Me: Well sir, for my personal protection.
Him:Thats Bulls**t, your trying to be cool in front of your girlfriend.
Me: Well sir, that is your opinion.
Him: How old are you anyways.
Me:22
Him: Your just trying to be cool, I have lived all over the Us, in Europe, and the Middle East.
Me: OOOOOKKK.
Him: Your trying to be F**KING RAMBO!!!!

He then stomps off to the counter and I sit down with my sister who is laughing her *ss off. My number is called and I go get our food. As Im walking by he says "F**KING RAMBO!!" He then stomps out of the store.

I dont know what this mans problem was, I actually tried to have a civil conversation but he just wanted to yell a swear at me. I wasnt able to say much as he was very angry and I thought we were about to have a fist fight, so I was getting ready for him to swing at me.

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pdowg881
June 28, 2006, 06:11 PM
At least your sister had fun. Maybe he was scared of your giant knife. Not much you can do in that situation as far as a conversation, but good job keeping your cool.

Punkermonkey
June 28, 2006, 06:16 PM
WOW. What a nut-cast. It's best just to let freaks like that be on their way. Oh, I would not have worried about him hitting you, people like that are all talk. They run their mouths and not their brains. People whom plan to assault you say very little prior to the actual act.

But if you really wanted to manage the situation, a good straight chop to the throat with the web of your hand would have taken him down. It's best to do that one as a surprise!;)

Nathanael_Greene
June 28, 2006, 06:18 PM
I guess he's been out in the sun too long.

Everybody knows that if you wanted to be RAMBO!!! you'd have an M-60 machine gun.

Duh.

mustanger98
June 28, 2006, 06:18 PM
Sounds to me like the problem's all his. And if he's over 50 years old, seems to me like he should've realized she might be your sister as opposed to your girlfriend. Seems to me he was disturbing the peace and harrassing you while you were minding your own business. Yup, problem's all his.

BTW, did you know Rambo was from Arizona?:D

oops!
June 28, 2006, 06:19 PM
Good on ya'!
My reply was always," 'cause I can".

carterbeauford
June 28, 2006, 06:19 PM
Him: Your just trying to be cool, I have lived all over the Us, in Europe, and the Middle East

That's when I would have said "congratulations" and walked away. People try to qualify themselves with such things, and it is laughable. That's the risk one runs when open carrying I guess, I am still nervous about open carrying for this exact reason.

Even if I were an anti, I would have to have something seriously wrong with my head to physically challenge a man wearing a Glock on his hip.

torpid
June 28, 2006, 06:25 PM
Wait, this story has to be B.S.

You had a gun (a Glock!!!), were insulted, and no "blood in the streets" ensued?

B.S. ;)

MrTuffPaws
June 28, 2006, 06:27 PM
You should have burst into tears, and then yelled that a man named Rambo killed your father.:evil:

Ohen Cepel
June 28, 2006, 06:28 PM
Good on you for staying cool! Not sure I could these days.

It's one of the reasons I prefer concealed carry. Keeps the morons from wanting to start "converstations" with me.

kikr
June 28, 2006, 06:30 PM
Whoa...I've seen all 3 Rambo movies...I don't remember him having a pistol. :confused: Wonder what they'd say if you had a compound bow slung over your shoulder.

Checkman
June 28, 2006, 06:30 PM
Rambo was aressted by the sheriff for vagrancy and carrying a concealedweapon. That big old knife of his. See First Blood Pt. I. You were carrying openly and it was a firearm. Big difference. Plus Rambo did most of his damage with a rock, knife, bow and arrow and a tank - which he operated all by himself. You're nowhere close to being Rambo.:neener:

Roadwild17
June 28, 2006, 06:32 PM
I would have started crying "ANDRENY" and waited for someone to tell me it was the wrong movie.

Cosmoline
June 28, 2006, 06:36 PM
The anti-gun point of view is based purely on irrational emotions. The man's reaction is nothing new or surprising. I've seen it many many times before.

torpid
June 28, 2006, 06:36 PM
"ANDRENY" would certainly be a different movie!
(even different from "Rocky")

:)

antsi
June 28, 2006, 06:53 PM
Good for you for keeping your cool. No sense losing your temper over some nutcase raving.

Zundfolge
June 28, 2006, 06:55 PM
Him: What in the hell are you carrying a gun for?

I'm thinking a lot of fun could be had with this guy.


Responses such as "Move along sir or I may have to detain you." would be funny.

Or, respond "Gun? What Gun?" then look down at the gun and act like you just discovered a spider on your leg ... "*squeel* GET IT OFF GET IT OFF GET IT OFF! AAAARRRGGGHHH!!!!" and run out of the store.

and this
Him: Your just trying to be cool, I have lived all over the Us, in Europe, and the Middle East
Response: "Oh, well than welcome back to AMERICA!"

Waitone
June 28, 2006, 06:55 PM
No comment

greg700
June 28, 2006, 06:55 PM
Yet another reason why we should be allowed to conceal our firearms.

JoseM
June 28, 2006, 07:00 PM
Funny...but sad at the same time. I guess I'd be more in shock that an old man was yelling at me than anything!

As soon as he'd of left I know I would of looked at my sister and said, "did that really just happen or did I imagine that prick?"

unspellable
June 28, 2006, 07:06 PM
Well I have lived in South America and Central America but d****d if I can see what that has to do with any one I might see carrying a gun.

Lone_Gunman
June 28, 2006, 07:11 PM
Stuff like that is why carrying concealed is so much better than carrying open. Why would you want to subject yourself to that kind of abuse?

PATH
June 28, 2006, 07:18 PM
Sounds like someone forgot to take his medicine. It happens!:D

Bruce333
June 28, 2006, 07:19 PM
Stuff like that is why carrying concealed is so much better than carrying open. Why would you want to subject yourself to that kind of abuse?Because he can...I'd much rather carry open than concealed...an OWB is much more comfortable than an IWB, and you don't have to worry about "being found out" it's right there.

I would have done my best to ignore him after the first "just trying to be cool"...that really pisses people off!

Oleg Volk
June 28, 2006, 07:21 PM
Had he read "First Blood", he'd have known that the original Rambo wasn't even close to the movie version. He was trying to get by and only fought when pushed and cornered.

WayneConrad
June 28, 2006, 07:25 PM
Very well handled on your part. Phoenix has, despite the influx of California culture and its large size, some pleasing remnants of old West culture. Thank you for carrying openly. I hope you'll consider continuing to carry openly despite this fellow's attitude. If my experience is any guide, encounters like yours will be rare.

the pistolero
June 28, 2006, 07:30 PM
Even if I were an anti, I would have to have something seriously wrong with my head to physically challenge a man wearing a Glock on his hip.

Well, many antis do have something seriously wrong with their head, just not to that extent, but that's a whole 'nother discussion entirely...:D I'd always heard of people projecting their own feelings and behaviors on others, but this jerk in the restaurant has to be the most outrageous example of it I've ever seen. C-grunt, good on ya for keeping your cool and counteracting the image the media likes to paint of us.

DoubleTapDrew
June 28, 2006, 08:02 PM
Did you throw back your shirt revealing criss crossed belts of ammo and say
"There's one man dead! It was not my fault! I don't want anymore hurt!"
:p

XDKingslayer
June 28, 2006, 08:09 PM
You should have yelled at the top of your lungs "I'm not Rambo, I'm Jack Bauer and the only reason your still concious is because I don't feel like carrying you!"

wingnutx
June 28, 2006, 08:13 PM
Last time I open-carried in a JITB in Phoenix I was asked to leave. I had failed to notice the little sign on the door prohibiting weapons.

Lone_Gunman
June 28, 2006, 08:18 PM
Because he can...I'd much rather carry open than concealed...an OWB is much more comfortable than an IWB, and you don't have to worry about "being found out" it's right there.


Oh I realize its because he can. And there is nothing wrong with that. From a theoretical, constitutional perspective I support open carry.

I also realize carrying open is more comfortable physically. But being yelled and cussed at publicly by a crazy man would make me kind of uncomfortable, and probably outweigh the comfort of open carry.

I don't feel the need to advertise that I have a weapon. It makes many of the people (sheeple) uneasy, and I think its impolite to intentionally make other people uncomfortable.

wingnutx
June 28, 2006, 08:22 PM
I only open-carry when I am on my way to the range and am carrying multiple weapons.

I now use the drive-through, too.

Justin
June 28, 2006, 08:22 PM
Wow. I would have just been so embarrassed for him.

geekWithA.45
June 28, 2006, 10:40 PM
Bah.

We was probably lookin' to stick the place up with a knife, and was all disappointed. :neener:

Black Knight
June 28, 2006, 10:53 PM
You handled it very well. You kept your cool while he lost his. Sounds to me that you are more mature than he was.
Someone once said something to the affect that it takes all kinds. This may be true but, I wish someone would tell me why there has to be so many of certain kinds.:eek:

offthepaper
June 28, 2006, 10:58 PM
So, if he thinks you're trying to act like Rambo,
then who does he think he's acting like?.......the Sheriff?
----------------------

"Him: Your just trying to be cool, I have lived all over the Us, in Europe, and the Middle East"

For being so world traveled he certainly has'nt learned much. :neener:

kjeff50cal
June 28, 2006, 11:11 PM
I think he was trying to goad you into assaulting him. He knew open carry is legal in AZ and would have been laughed at calling 911 (as if he isn't beening laughed at now) so he does his best Billy Martin in the umpire's face to get you in trouble. He is probally the one that sees his neighbor unloading his truck after a hunting trip and calls 911 and says he sees a man with a gun outside his house.

Bartholomew Roberts
June 28, 2006, 11:12 PM
You did great! Antis are always projecting their own lack of personal discipline to others. You not only proved to yourself that was not the case, you showed it to everybody else in that restaurant (and your sister got a good laugh out of it too).

shooter94
June 28, 2006, 11:30 PM
Same thing happend to me on several occasions...wearing a "shootin iron" on the hip brings on strange reactions sometimes. I think that you scared the guy...hence his reaction.:D

Soybomb
June 28, 2006, 11:43 PM
Heh funny story...I wish more people would open carry. Get the anti's nice and fired up, make more people aware they can carry a weapon legally (*offer void in Illinois and Wisconsin), and eventually get the anti's used to it.

We're here, we're armed, get used to it? :evil:

evan price
June 28, 2006, 11:51 PM
This happened to me once, had this crazy chick with a minivan with two little toddlers loose in it come dress me down at a gas station about my OWB Glock 19 and I told her that, "Were you aware that off duty police officers are usually required to carry their weapons with them at all times? And did you forget to put your children in approved safety seats before you left?"

(NOTICE: I did not say I *WAS* a police officer, because I am not!)

So after I said that, with my best Dirty Harry squint and "Voice of Auth-or-it-tay!" she turned bright red, apologized, and left me alone.
It helped that my work shirts look like uniform shirts (because they are) and I had my ID clipped to the collar.

rtl
June 28, 2006, 11:55 PM
Would have been difficult for me not to have been a smarta##. Kudos for not saying one of a million things we all would have wanted to say.

Yeager
June 29, 2006, 12:07 AM
I'm very uneasy with opencarry as I have a tendency to rest my idle elbow or even wrist on the butt or holster of which ever gun may be in the belt holster. I think this might be due to the shape of the hand guns I have. :banghead: I'm also very uneasy with CCW because being a fairly huskey person a gun shaped lump would show up under my shirt fairly well.

otherwise I wouldn't have a problem carrying anything.

bg
June 29, 2006, 12:30 AM
I guess he's been out in the sun too long.

Everybody knows that if you wanted to be RAMBO!!! you'd have an M-60 machine gun.

Duh.
And a headband. Don't forget the ragged out headband..

DKSuddeth
June 29, 2006, 12:31 AM
It makes many of the people (sheeple) uneasy, and I think its impolite to intentionally make other people uncomfortable.
understanding the issue of not wanting to have someone up in your face yelling and cursing at you........the rest of your sentence above, all I can say is to hell with them. They don't have a constitutional right to be offended, unnerved, embarrassed, or uncomfortable. It is completely a decision that they can make on their own with or without your exercising an actual human right. There is only so much 'high road' you can take before you start infringing your own rights.

mp510
June 29, 2006, 01:02 AM
So he lived in the Middle East and he's scared of guns:
www.truthandgrace.com/Images/muslimhate2.jpg
www.tribuneindia.com/2001/20010914/ind4.jpg
http://krichely.mideastreality.com/J/News/Image8837097.gif
http://news.bbc.co.uk/media/images/38307000/jpg/_38307913_af_warlords_ap300.jpg
I doubt that if he experience people over there open carrying assault weapons, he confronted them.

Surefire
June 29, 2006, 02:30 AM
He might have been trying to bait you...

You did the right thing by not letting it escalate...

Limeyfellow
June 29, 2006, 03:14 AM
Its days like that you wish you had access to an M60 and put the red cloth round your head and walk back into the store.

CajunBass
June 29, 2006, 03:48 AM
Him: Your just trying to be cool, I have lived all over the Us, in Europe, and the Middle East.

Any idea just what this statement had to do with anything?

You done good.

johnny blaze
June 29, 2006, 04:01 AM
I guess that you are going to find people who want to argue, or fight for anything that they do not think that someone else should be doing.
You did the right thing in being cool about it.
What amazes me is that you can carry a pistol on your hip and walk around in AZ with it.
They tell me that you can do that here in Ohio, but I think that you would be on the concrete spread eagle, more than you would be upright.

GrammatonCleric
June 29, 2006, 04:03 AM
I probably would have quoted my sig line at him. "Killin' don't mix with a mans supper." I would have then greatly enjoyed watching him turn a sickly, pallid yellow.:D

jdberger
June 29, 2006, 05:11 AM
"Uncle Lou? That you? When did they let you out of prison?" <really loud and enthusiasticly>

When I used to open carry in Phx (before I moved to the socialist paradise that is California) people usually asked me if I was a cop. I'd usually respond that I was just there to buy a couple of twinkies and a Big Gulp.

tegemu
June 29, 2006, 07:13 AM
Over my long lifetime I have occasionally run into one of those kooks, more often regarding religion. There is nothing you can say or do to change their minds. I think you handled it very well. BTW, in another lifetime I was in a mercenary type profession. We had one of the guys in our outfit whose name really was John Rambo.

1911Tuner
June 29, 2006, 07:43 AM
Through the course of my life, I've often encountered people who have a real problem with somebody doing something that they, themselves wouldn't do.
It can range from the way others stack dishes to the car that they choose to drive...and some of'em can be quite hostile about it. If you're related to, or are closely associated with people of this nature, it eventually dawns on you that they actually have a deep-seated mental/emotional problem and very likely a need to control others' actions, and...if the whole truth is known...that drive to control even extends to your very thoughts and feelings.

So, it's not really a matter of "Do not as I do, but rather as I say" as much as it is: "Be like me! I'm smarter than you and you have no need, nor any right to do/think/feel any way other than the way that I do."

Such people are to be pitied. They go through their entire lives agonizing over the fact that everybody isn't of the same mindset as they are.

Hmmm...Sounds like I just described the average leftist liberal politician.:scrutiny: Scary...

Tried'nTrue
June 29, 2006, 08:52 AM
So, it's not really a matter of "Do not as I do, but rather as I say" as much as it is: "Be like me! I'm smarter than you and you have any need, nor any right to do/think/feel any way other than the way that I do."

Such people are to be pitied. They go through their entire lives agonizing over the fact that everybody isn't of the same mindset as they are.

You hit the nail on the head. I have/had a friend who, over the course of the last 5 years (and attendance at the local, *very liberal* university) has turned from being a strongly opinionated person to being a completely intolerant individual. If someone has different tastes in food or movies, has different views on politics or society, then, in the eyes of my "friend", that person is obviously wrong and intellectually inferior. Of course, my former acquaintance rarely openly admits his arrogance, but there's no masking it. This former friend has absolutely no problem with flying off the handle and screaming the most awful things if you happen to disagree with him...

Such people are to be pitied, but as far as I'm concerned, if I can't have civil interaction with the person, then such a one is to be actively avoided, as well.

Beachmaster
June 29, 2006, 08:53 AM
I was openly carrying my bow and explosive tip arrows the other day, and I was called Rambo as well! Must be the same guy.

Hokkmike
June 29, 2006, 08:58 AM
What is really Ironic is that Rambo, Sylvestor Stallone, is so anti-gun that he said that the authorities need to go into homes and confiscate guns if people don't give them up!

Otherwise - take it as a compliment.

Deanimator
June 29, 2006, 09:11 AM
They tell me that you can do that here in Ohio, but I think that you would be on the concrete spread eagle, more than you would be upright
There's a guy in one of the Toledo suburbs about to put a hurtin' on the local PD about this. It's been on several messageboards. I think he's planning on changing the name of the town to "Dan'sburg". :D

Boom-stick
June 29, 2006, 09:13 AM
Otherwise - take it as a compliment.

EXACTLY!!

I used to get called 'Rambo' all the time before I had firearms due to my passion for all things Military, I just used to say "thank you":)

Now I've got firearms people don't say it anymore :confused: ,
bear in mind I live in country where most folk have never seen a 'real' gun.


I now get called 'Action Man', not sure what I prefer?

1911Tuner
June 29, 2006, 10:03 AM
Tried'n'True wrote:

>Such people are to be pitied, but as far as I'm concerned, if I can't have civil interaction with the person, then such a one is to be actively avoided, as well.<
*********

We're in complete agreement on that point as well...though it's not always easy to avoid such folk. Family members...EX-WIVES...:D Employers...the list goes on, and it's really surprising at just how numerous they are, and how often you encounter them in the course of a day.

Lupinus
June 29, 2006, 10:31 AM
somehow Rambo doesn't strike me as a glock person :neener:

Freddymac
June 29, 2006, 10:38 AM
that you were the rational adult. God only knows what would have happened if you were as nuts as he was.

El Tejon
June 29, 2006, 10:41 AM
Had to be the heat out there.:uhoh:

Geno
June 29, 2006, 11:00 AM
I'd bet he was a Kimber owner. :) Pysch!

Doc2005

Stiletto Null
June 29, 2006, 11:26 AM
Mmm...sourdough Jack...

AirForceShooter
June 29, 2006, 11:26 AM
Next time let your little sister carry it.

AFS

unspellable
June 29, 2006, 11:32 AM
<<< So, it's not really a matter of "Do not as I do, but rather as I say" as much as it is: "Be like me! I'm smarter than you and you have any need, nor any right to do/think/feel any way other than the way that I do." >>>

So how does this explain the many antis who have CCW permits? Of course, I suppose they might feel sufficiently superior to be able handle CCW but the common herd isn't. But then we CAN'T be like them! Did anybody claim logic applied here?

cropcirclewalker
June 29, 2006, 12:03 PM
Look around furtively and say, "Terror, it's the war on terror."

Lonestar.45
June 29, 2006, 12:46 PM
You would've really miffed him if you'd said "Sir, that's my SISTER, and WHO is Rambo?". Would've made him feel old AND moronic.

Carl N. Brown
June 29, 2006, 01:06 PM
The guy goes off on you over nothing.
He ascribes motives to you out of his own imagining--.
"you're trying to be cool in front of your girlfriend."
He uses the S*** and the F*** words in front of your sister
thinking she is your girlfriend. He is definitely being not cool.
No trying there.

What he is doing is telling you HE would carry a pistol
to impress HIS girlfriend.
IF he had one.
He lives alone in the desert in Arizona with fifty cats,
and writes memos in Microsoft Word Times New Roman purporting
to be typewritten memos from Richard Nixon confessing
to faking Neil Armstrong's moon walk. He just know its true,
just as he knew your motivations.

You did right by keeping your cool
and you and your sister had a laugh.

1911Tuner
June 29, 2006, 01:11 PM
unspellable wrote to ask:

>So how does this explain the many antis who have CCW permits? Of course, I suppose they might feel sufficiently superior to be able handle CCW but the common herd isn't.<
*****************

You've just answered your own question...:cool:

Newton
June 29, 2006, 01:20 PM
The best approach is to say nothing unless he becomes excessively agressive. No facial expressions, no winking, no wise cracks - nothing.

You're not going to convince him that it's a good idea, or that it's your right.

The way to deal with such individuals is to let them make a fool of themselves while you remain calm and composed.

gunsmith
June 29, 2006, 01:26 PM
"I'm not Rambo, I'm Napoleon"

"The little voices told me I'm John Wayne"

""You're wrong sir, I am the reincarnation of Wyatt Earp"

"You don't like Glock?, ok next time I promise it will be a 1911"

"Yes, it's a gun!, is that a toupe?"

Or just stand up and yell real loud

"Nothing is over! Nothing! You just don't turn it off! It wasn't my war! You asked me I didn't ask you! And I did what I had to do to win, for somebody who wouldn't let us win! Then I come back to the world, and I see all those maggots at the airport, protestin' me, spittin', callin' me a baby killer and all kinds of vile crap! Who are they to protest me?! Huh?! Who are they?! Unless they been me and been there and know what the hell they yellin' about!"

"They drew first blood , not me....."

Battlespace
June 29, 2006, 01:39 PM
"Funny...but sad at the same time. I guess I'd be more in shock that an old man was yelling at me than anything!"

Careful junior, you might be biting off more than you can chew here. Old is relative.

Mannlicher
June 29, 2006, 01:44 PM
at 22, this might have been an issue with me as well....................

Jeff
June 29, 2006, 05:36 PM
As soon as he confronted you and started spewing his nonsense, you should have looked up, but away from him, saying loudly and hastily (in a mental handicapped voice), "I LOVE FRENCH FRIES!!!" as you pushed about two dozen of them in your mouth at once. Maybe spitting a little drool onto your chin as you munch on the huge mouthful of potato mush.

Justin
June 29, 2006, 05:39 PM
Ok, is there any chance of dragging this one back into the realm of reality?

It's getting a bit silly in here.

AZ Jeff
June 29, 2006, 05:40 PM
I am a resident of the Phoenix metro area. I have, on occasion, wondered about in the open carry mode (usualy I carry concealed), and have NEVER had anyone say a thing to me.

Out of curiosity, WHERE in the metro area did this little incident occur?

freedom and guns
June 29, 2006, 06:02 PM
Good job. You kept your cool. God bless.

freedom and guns
June 29, 2006, 06:03 PM
Rambo doesn't strike me as a Glock kind of guy either.

Deanimator
June 29, 2006, 06:32 PM
The best approach is to say nothing unless he becomes excessively agressive. No facial expressions, no winking, no wise cracks - nothing.
Reminds me of the time I was taking AMTRAK from Cleveland to Chicago.

There was this old schizophrenic who showed up at the station with a ticket to Pittsburgh or Philly. He of course decided to change his ticket for one to Elkhart.

He was a nuisance from the second he walked into the station, talking loudly and asking inappropriate questions of female passengers. He latched onto this Amish couple and just tormented them mercilessly. I caught the husband's eye and told him in German that the guy was a nutcase and not to talk to him. At some point, the guy zeroed in on me. Just as he was about to say something, I gave him the Josie Wales squint. He turned white and headed the other way, fast.

C-grunt
June 30, 2006, 03:03 PM
It happened at the JITB at 43rd Ave and Bell Rd.

Cacique500
July 1, 2006, 10:53 AM
Or, respond "Gun? What Gun?" then look down at the gun and act like you just discovered a spider on your leg ... "*squeel* GET IT OFF GET IT OFF GET IT OFF! AAAARRRGGGHHH!!!!" and run out of the store.

LMAO...I *will* remember to use that some time!! :D

Sheldon J
July 1, 2006, 01:58 PM
A: he wanted to rob the place and seeing your gun PO'd him off
B: he drank too much Agent Orange in Nam.
C: he's off his medication.

Ran into his type before, not about gun's but other stuff, tools, food, totallly irrevlelant stuff, they usually reek of booz, BO, or filth, just ignore them as the loony, to argue with them which is the first instinct is a total waste of time, just like argueing with a drunk, you are never right.;)

Clipper
July 1, 2006, 02:21 PM
...Someone accuses you of being a Rambo, just remember your Tango & Cash..."Rambo is a p***y!".

Tom Servo
July 1, 2006, 02:44 PM
He lives alone in the desert in Arizona with fifty cats,
and writes memos in Microsoft Word Times New Roman purporting
to be typewritten memos from Richard Nixon confessing
to faking Neil Armstrong's moon walk. He just know its true,
just as he knew your motivations.
You owe me a new keyboard :)

If he'd really been all over the world, he'd have understood the importance of civilian firearms ownership.

s10ryan
July 1, 2006, 03:46 PM
if he would have went nuts like that i would have just turned the other cheek and pretended that he was not even there

ExtremeDooty
July 1, 2006, 04:13 PM
Maybe this would work

"If I'm trying to be Rambo, does that mean you're trying to be.....Rosie O'Donnell?"

Deanimator
July 1, 2006, 05:01 PM
As soon as he confronted you and started spewing his nonsense, you should have looked up, but away from him, saying loudly and hastily (in a mental handicapped voice), "I LOVE FRENCH FRIES!!!" as you pushed about two dozen of them in your mouth at once. Maybe spitting a little drool onto your chin as you munch on the huge mouthful of potato mush.
Years ago, there used to be some nutcase in usenet rec.aviation.military who'd go into these long assinine rants about how airshows were the "manifestations of the violent patriarchy" or some such.

One day, I replied: "I like ducks. Do you like ducks? Ducks are our friends! What kind of ducks to you like? I like mallards..." etc., etc., etc. I followed with endless pseudo-Downs Syndrome conversation on our feathered friends. The Marxist to whom I was responding was flat bewildered. She quite literally had no idea what to say! I'm thinking in person, that'd be even MORE hilarious!

Ryder
July 1, 2006, 06:26 PM
Using that kind of language used to get you arrested in my state. Maybe still does? I don't keep up with all the laws they pass. He was disturbing the peace and attempting to instigate a confrontation. Too bad 911 wasn't speed dialed behind your back for them to record a bit of that yelling. Imagine the look on his face as you lift the phone to give your location to the dispatcher. More fun than ripping his tongue out. :D

Myself, I won't engage a stranger that displays a huffy attitude with a single word. His only reply from me would have been a glare. I owe no stranger an explanation for anything. I'm also good at being freindly, in fact I prefer it, just depends on them.

cbsbyte
July 1, 2006, 06:30 PM
How did the guy know you where not a plain clothes police officer? If I saw a person with a holstered gun i would think they where a cop.

CCWMAN
July 1, 2006, 06:58 PM
He must have been a friggin idiot or had a screw loose! Anybody with a pistol on their hip is not someone to pick a fight with. The funny thing is it's usually always the anti's that start a confrontation! I find this ridiculously ironic since they claim to be against violence. I have yet to hear a a progunner who picked a fight with an anti.:rolleyes:

OldSchooler
July 1, 2006, 07:00 PM
I dont know what this mans problem was, I actually tried to have a civil conversation but he just wanted to yell a swear at me. I wasnt able to say much as he was very angry and I thought we were about to have a fist fight, so I was getting ready for him to swing at me.
Exactly, you didnt know what his problem was. Maybe he'd been shot by someone with an open carry weapon. You did the right thing.

As long as he was only yelling, all you needed to do was let him vent.
Keeping a cool head is preeminent if you are going to carry. Good job.

Stiletto Null
July 1, 2006, 08:11 PM
I guess I would have just looked at him funny, scratched my head, looked around, and then ignored him.

But I like the "I like ducks..." routine.

smince
July 1, 2006, 09:47 PM
I think you handled the situation very well.

I still think I would rather carry concealed. Open carry would probably signal "shoot-me-first" in the event of a robbery (just slightly on the other side of wearing a khaki photo-journalists vest).

EddieCoyle
July 1, 2006, 09:54 PM
If a stranger asks me why I'm carrying a gun, my answer has been and always will be, "None of your business."

ArmedAmerican
July 1, 2006, 10:25 PM
Fun story-- I get that reaction regularly on message boards, but rarely in public, thank goodness...
Here is an excerpt from just a few days ago, on another board...

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I said this, among other things:

"...I carry a gun because I wish to do so. Questioning my "needs" is irrelevant. You can do what you like, of course-- I would not presume to tell others how to live. If you presume to tell me how to live-- whether it be with a draconian level of "gun control" or whatever-- I will refuse to submit. I will not surrender my constitutional rights. During the Clinton administration I told a number of people that if Americans do not learn to come together and support each other, we would all be in danger of losing our rights. I endured eight years of the government's constant pounding on the Second Amendment. The same people who criticised me during that period are now screaming about the current attacks on the First and Forth Amendments, among others. "One day they came for the (insert any group you don't 'belong to' here), and I did not say or do anything, because I was not one of them...." (to paraphrase Martin Niemoeller, Dachau, 1944). You may not have my gun. You may not take it by "prying it from my cold dead hands", or any other method. If you attempt to do so, I will give you the bullets-- one well-aimed shot at a time.
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Here is one response I got:

"Here's a guy who never missed filling his tank with turbo-testosterone, and shooting shut the lid. Give it a rest....find a useful hobby, showboating up here about what a gnarly bandoliered belligerent you are....has all the floating power of a tank filled with cement dropped into the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Before stuffing your pants with more guns, and strutting yourself a homegrown hernia, ....figure out why you support arming the criminals, cretins, children, crazies and worse? --DJ"

That last part is particularly strange, since I have never said anything of the sort... :confused:

progunner1957
July 1, 2006, 10:47 PM
I dont know what this mans problem was, I actually tried to have a civil conversation but he just wanted to yell a swear at me. I wasnt able to say much as he was very angry
I know what his problem is: He's a leftist antigun bigot!
When he said What in the hell are you carrying a gun for?I would have replied in a calm, low voice, "That is none of your damn business - I don't answer to you. You need to get away from me - now." Just my way of conducting business.

BTW, you did good - you remained rational and let him make himself and his viewpoint look idiotic. A win for the guys in the white hats!:D

Tearlachblair
July 1, 2006, 10:52 PM
Double or nothing he's probably impotent, and the sight of you with a girl just pushed him over the edge.

Anti-gun philosophy causes impotence!, Yeah, that's right!

progunner1957
July 1, 2006, 10:57 PM
Double or nothing he's probably impotentLOL!!!:D

His "snubbie" is shooting blanks:evil:

Justin
July 2, 2006, 12:31 PM
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