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Answers when somebody ask you why you carry

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Redtail, Jan 25, 2008.

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  1. Redtail

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  2. FireArmFan

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    the link didn't work for me.
     
  3. average_shooter

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    http://www.lewrockwell.com/perry/perry39.html

     
  4. Bitmap

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    Why discuss carrying with people?

    ETA No good will come from discussing this with people that believe you shouldn't be able to save your own life and the lives of your loved ones. Much bad can come from it.

    Your chances of changing their mind is very small, but you can bet that people that want you helpless will not keep things to themselves. They will bring this up loudly in public at the worst possible (or most embarrassing) time. Won't you love it if you debate this with some anti-gunner at work and then have to take a business trip with them on a plane? Nothing like being in the security checkpoint line at the airport and have them yell out "Hey Redtail, you did leave your gun in the car didn't you?"
     
  5. Soybomb

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    I think you're very very wrong. Most people just aren't that firmly attached to their anti-gun beliefs but instead just don't know anything about them. I've never shot a gun, the news says guns are bad, carrying a gun sounds scary. If you can spend a couple minutes talking to someone rationally about self defense in a way that makes them think a little and makes you seem like you've thought this out and have a logical position I think you wind up planting a great pro-gun seed. A trip or two to the range comes next and then before you know it you have another pro-gun voter. We need this votes and shouldn't write them off as unchangable.
     
  6. ZeSpectre

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    I tried to make a similar point in the past with a post called "Verbal Tactics_Pithy responses to Anti remarks"
    My thread got locked as off topic for "Strategies and Tactics". I see the mod's point but I wish they had just moved it and not simply locked it.

    Regardless, I'm still convinced that being prepared for "verbal judo" is every bit as important to our self protection as physical training because if we aren't prepared for the debates with the anti's we will loose those debates (and the managed media will make the most of how uneducated we look).

    If we loose the debates we WILL loose our rights.

    If we loose our rights we loose our firearms...and then what good do the physical tactics do?

    In the past several years I've had to actually use my physical self-defense skills ZERO times but I've had to use my "verbal judo" skills quite literally thousands of times.
     
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  7. RKBABob

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    Q. Why do you carry a GUN??!!

    Because my chance of being the victim of a violent crime is far greater than my chance of winning the lottery this year. Most folks are content to count on the police to protect them... but if you're like me, you probably haven't seen a police officer all day. Chances are pretty good that there won't be an officer nearby if I ever need one.
     
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    Can't take credit for it but I use it

    Q:Why do you carry a Firearm?
    A: Because a Police Officer is too heavy
     
  9. Fozzy_Bear

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    I submit this:

    It is easier to to discuss why someone's current feelings are unfounded than it is to interest the appathetic.

    -I'm not the source of that little jem, but it is modified enough that it would be inappropriate to list it as a "quote"

    If somebody askes about this, even if all they've ever heard is left-wing propaganda, then you are 85% the way of gaining an ally as opposed to somebody sitting on their couch watching TV.
     
  10. Fozzy_Bear

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    Thread bookmarked. thanks.

    :D That's great. I'm probably gonna use that one myself.


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    I like the ideas presented at that link. However one of the best ways I have found to explain it is explaining that No one objects to me carrying a fire extinguisher or jumper cables in my car in case of emergency. A firearm is just another tool in the toolbox and prepares me for a different emergency.
     
  12. M2 Carbine

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    Dislike of many things, to the point of wanting them banned, is usually caused by not having a interest in the subject.
    "I don't like motorcycles. They are dangerous. They should be not be allowed on the road."

    Educating people can do wonders.
    Since most anti-gun laws are wrong and what people believe is wrong, it's usually easy to change a open minded person's anti-gun feelings.

    In many years I've only met a couple anti-gun people that didn't change their anti-gun feelings to at least a neutral attitude.
    The closed minded people would finally admit, "Well I just don't like guns and I don't think people should have them".
     
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    My life, and the lives of my family, are important to me regardless of whether I am home in bed or walking down a city street. Very few people would deny a person the right to defend themselves in their own bed. One's bed is generally safer than than the street. Do the math.
     
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    Well, sometimes it does come up when you are carrying open :D
     
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    "The same reason I wear a seatbelt... So I don't die if something comes up."
     
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    My favorite:
    "Why do you have a gun? Can't you just call the cops?"
    "Why do you have a fire extinguisher, can't you call the fire department?"
     
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    I can give you a very good reason. Recently I had the chance to speak with a lady who is new in our church, and has been isolated, insulated, and all sorts of other lated from guns. It was a genuine shock to her that not only did I own and carry a handgun, but our pastor owns one too. She was shocked, taken aback, and completely discombobulated.

    Two days later she came up to me and asked me to take her shooting.
     
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    When asked "Why...?", I use the old tried and true statement my father used... "I'd rather have it and not need it, than need it and not have it."
     
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    A: Why do you carry a gun?
    B: Do you see the cop standing behind me?
    A: No.
    B: Bingo.
     
  20. Old Fuff

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    The folks that know I sometimes carry won't ask any foolish questions, and hopefully those that might will never know that I carry. This has always worked for me. Others can do as they wish.
     
  21. JKimball

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    LOL

    Thanks for the good list.

    My brother-in-law once asked me why I carry. I felt he was looking to argue against it, so I shrugged and said, "If somebody shoots me I want to be able to shoot them back." He couldn't argue with that. Not very funny, but it's true.
     
  22. Redtail

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    I would say that's a case to case basis. Not all anti-gun are anti-gun because they were born that way. They are what they are because they've been brainwashed by the media-both paper and screen. It always help when you explain it to them. Yours truly is a proof. I was once an anti-gun that every time I see a gun it's evil. It took me awhile to figure out that guns are inanimate object, that the problem is man's heart. When I was yet a kid back in the Philippines my Dad used to tell me that before the government have gun control, crime is low. Those statement's kinda stick on my mind and I kept asking myself why.
     
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    My answer is that it provides more options.
    MM
     
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    Why risk missing out on a perfectly good chance to shoot a bad guy?

    Oh is that being too honest?

    :)
     
  25. The Unknown User

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    If I'm ever told I shouldn't carry, I'd like to respond with, "Well, I won't waste my ammunition saving your life, then." I'm not sure how people might respond to that. >_>
     
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