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Posted: 2/13/2006 7:46:16 AM EDT


How do you answer that?


Keep it one sentance long, I don't want to give them a speech, just an answer.

I have no idea. I normally say, "Just in case I need one"
Link Posted: 2/13/2006 7:48:18 AM EDT
one word


BECAUSE
Link Posted: 2/13/2006 7:50:08 AM EDT
Live free or die.
Link Posted: 2/13/2006 7:50:38 AM EDT
DUPE
Link Posted: 2/13/2006 7:50:49 AM EDT
Personal protection
Link Posted: 2/13/2006 7:51:16 AM EDT
Most people I know don't know that I carry
So I never get asked, and the people that do know also carry
Link Posted: 2/13/2006 7:54:50 AM EDT
"Because I will allow no man or any govemnment entity to take responsibility for the safety of myself or my family nor will I allow them to interfere with my ability do to so."


That about sums it up for me.

CMOS
Link Posted: 2/13/2006 7:55:09 AM EDT

Originally Posted By fight4yourrights:
DUPE




Well shit, that'd make me look kind of stupid.

Thanks for your contribution.



For the rest of us who don't have the ability to search the general forum, assume that I'm not walking around showing everybody my pistol, and it's just a family member of something.
Link Posted: 2/13/2006 7:56:04 AM EDT

Originally Posted By TheTracker:
Most people I know don't know that I carry
So I never get asked, and the people that do know also carry



Exactly. What they don't know won't hurt YOU.
Link Posted: 2/13/2006 7:56:24 AM EDT
PP
Link Posted: 2/13/2006 7:56:26 AM EDT
To protect myself and loved ones.
Link Posted: 2/13/2006 8:05:46 AM EDT
I always give the same short speech: "A person is more likely to be the victim of a violent crime than have a house fire. But I have smoke detectors and fire extinguishers."
Link Posted: 2/13/2006 8:07:02 AM EDT
Link Posted: 2/13/2006 8:07:45 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Mr_Happyface:

For the rest of us who don't have the ability to search the general forum, assume that I'm not walking around showing everybody my pistol, and it's just a family member of something.





Why does it matter why I carry a gun when you are speaking to your family?


I carry it for many reasons - personal protection. Protect my family. It's a civic duty. Take your pic
Link Posted: 2/13/2006 8:08:21 AM EDT
Because "shall not be infringed" isn't a vauge statement to me.
Link Posted: 2/13/2006 8:09:28 AM EDT
Only for the can opener.
Link Posted: 2/13/2006 8:10:05 AM EDT
Because if I am somwhere and someone needs to be shot I dont want to have to call 911 on my cellphone and wait 5-10mins for a policeman to arrive.
Link Posted: 2/13/2006 8:11:34 AM EDT
"Just in case."

Typical response "In case of what?"

"Zombies"

Usually they either laugh or look at me like I'm insane. Either way they stop talking to me which is exactly what I want.
Link Posted: 2/13/2006 8:12:14 AM EDT

Originally Posted By meltdown:
snakes



.. mammoths and cave bears...
Link Posted: 2/13/2006 8:12:35 AM EDT
Because I need a balance for the spare ammo I carry on my belt.
Link Posted: 2/13/2006 8:12:54 AM EDT
I Refuse to be a victim.
Link Posted: 2/13/2006 8:13:06 AM EDT
"Because it's impossible to shoot someone without one."
Link Posted: 2/13/2006 8:15:09 AM EDT
Because when the world is a cold place, you have to pack your own heat.


Or at least, that is what I will say when I jump ship from the godforsaken PRMd. (no CCW)
Link Posted: 2/13/2006 8:15:21 AM EDT
"Because I can't carry a rocket launcher."

"Because bad people do bad things to good people."

"I hate rats."

Link Posted: 2/13/2006 8:15:33 AM EDT
I only wish I could carry.

But if I could, my response would be something like:

If someone threatened your loved ones with deadly force,
would you question them to death, or shoot them?

It is funny how people change their tunes when you pose a situation where
they realize the gun might not be only for your own protection.

Link Posted: 2/13/2006 8:17:01 AM EDT
"Because I love freedom"
Link Posted: 2/13/2006 8:17:13 AM EDT
Cause I haven't been able to get a concealed hammer license...and baseball bats aren't very concealable...
Link Posted: 2/13/2006 8:18:10 AM EDT
When they ask "Why do you carry a gun to the grocery? Are you expecting a shootout today?"

I reply "Why do you have a spare tire in your car??? Are you expecting a flat today?"

Link Posted: 2/13/2006 8:19:49 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/13/2006 8:22:18 AM EDT by DanishM1Garand]
I answer with a question. "Why do you carry a spare tire? I havent used one in years, but you just might need one." Damnit Ed thats my line!

I go on to explain that a guy I worked with (Jason Schmalenberger) was stabbed to death for no real reason. Had he been carrying he would be alive today.Jason's Story

The woman and children are alone because he was unarmed.
Link Posted: 2/13/2006 8:25:53 AM EDT
Because it's solely my responsibility to protect myself. It's the same reason I keep fire extinguishers all over the place.
Link Posted: 2/13/2006 8:26:16 AM EDT
stuff
Link Posted: 2/13/2006 8:31:05 AM EDT
more and more just because i can. place formerly i would have live aren't considered because of gun laws or other.
Link Posted: 2/13/2006 8:34:08 AM EDT
Same reason I wear a seatbelt, just in case.
Link Posted: 2/13/2006 8:35:23 AM EDT
molon labe?
Link Posted: 2/13/2006 8:36:29 AM EDT
Link Posted: 2/13/2006 8:39:30 AM EDT
i just tell them what they want to hear:

I am a violent person by nature, and carrying a gun makes my penis bigger"

it is impossible to rationalize with stupid sheeple, so i dont even try
Link Posted: 2/13/2006 8:41:05 AM EDT

Originally Posted By st0newall:

Originally Posted By meltdown:
snakes



.. mammoths and cave bears...




...spiders too...

Why does a dog... well you know why.

Link Posted: 2/13/2006 8:41:16 AM EDT
Police Officer , personal protection
Link Posted: 2/13/2006 8:43:49 AM EDT
"Because neither the US government nor the Commenwealth of Virginia has provided me with a personal security detail."
Link Posted: 2/13/2006 8:44:06 AM EDT
Of course, my favorite answer is "Why don't you carry one?"
Link Posted: 2/13/2006 8:45:23 AM EDT
Uh, "It's better to have one and not need it, than to need one and not have it."
Link Posted: 2/13/2006 8:46:11 AM EDT
Because I can, that's why.
Link Posted: 2/13/2006 8:58:04 AM EDT

Originally Posted By ORinTX:
Of course, my favorite answer is "Why don't you carry one?"



+1
Link Posted: 2/13/2006 9:12:48 AM EDT
Because I don't get a memo telling me when bad things are going to happen to me.
Link Posted: 2/13/2006 9:16:30 AM EDT
"You wait on the cops to get here while this here bad guy hurts/kidnaps/kills you--i'll draw down"
Link Posted: 2/13/2006 9:25:41 AM EDT

Originally Posted By DanishM1Garand:
I answer with a question. "Why do you carry a spare tire? I havent used one in years, but you just might need one." Damnit Ed thats my line!

I go on to explain that a guy I worked with (Jason Schmalenberger) was stabbed to death for no real reason. Had he been carrying he would be alive today.Jason's Storyimages.ibsys.com/2005/0404/4344794_320X240.jpg

The woman and children are alone because he was unarmed.



I rest my case. He didn't get his morning danger memo and now he's dead.
Link Posted: 2/13/2006 9:30:39 AM EDT
"I needed something to put in this holster."
Link Posted: 2/13/2006 9:47:39 AM EDT
"I don't answer stupid questions."
Link Posted: 2/13/2006 9:49:11 AM EDT
How do you know I carry a gun?
Link Posted: 2/13/2006 9:52:30 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/13/2006 9:52:54 AM EDT by HardShell]


Many other reasons, of course... but those two are enough for me.
Link Posted: 2/13/2006 9:52:39 AM EDT
Since I live in Illinois, I would answer 'I'm not carrying a gun. It's illegal'.

If I could carry a gun, my answer would be 'Because I can'.
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