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    What do you say?

    What do you say when someone asks why you're OC.
    Looking for straight up answers and witty comebacks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Crompton View Post
    What do you say when someone asks why you're OC.
    Looking for straight up answers and witty comebacks.
    I tell people that many people OC for a wide variety of reasons.

    1) Because I am a lawfully armed citizen and refuse to be frightened into voluntarily sacrificing my lawful right by a populace of ignorant sheep who wish for me to join the herd.

    2) Because I am a proponent of the 2nd Amendment and realize the hiding my firearm under clothing only serves to lower the visibility of the issue. (I like to use their question as an example: "If I hadn't been openly carrying, would you still have asked me about my support of the 2nd Amendment?".)

    3) Because if people don't exercise their rights, what's the point of having them in the first place?

    These are just a few of many.

    What I avoid like the plague is replying with smarmy, wise-ass remarks.

    A person inquiring about OC is most likely not informed about the issue, curious, or possibly thinking about working up the courage to try it themselves in the future.

    Why would anyone wishing to promote the 2nd Amendment teach people asking about it that folks who carry guns are all smart mouthed a**h*les?

    As a very visible representative of the firearms community, I go out of my way to always be polite and treat every question as an opportunity to sway people to my side, not alienate them by being a jerk.
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    What do you say?

    I take OC just like wearing a company shirt or driving company vehicle. I am a representative of the 2nd. I'm not looking for really smarta$$ comments but I know people get kinda funny and sometimes a witty remark will disarm some people.

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    I have stopped answering verbally. Now I just pee on their leg.
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    It's a deterrent, it's easier, and the way I dress (tucked in polo type shirts) where would I conceal a Govt 1911? I take responsibility for the safety of myself, and my family when present.
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    What do you say?

    Personal protection.

    If they enquire further, I know they are genuinely interested and not an anti looking for an opening to go all judgmental on my ass.

    But, honestly, I never get that question. It's almost always, "Are you a cop?"


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    Self Defense....

    I just say....It's part of my families self defense plan, for while I am waiting for the police to arrive...

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    Quote Originally Posted by eye95
    ...But, honestly, I never get that question. It's almost always, "Are you a cop?"
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    Since I look very little like a cop, I usually get "Are you law enforcement?" or "Are you security?"

    To that, I answer, "No. Just an armed citizen."

    Then I either get a chance to educate , or asked to leave .
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    Too many have given the ultimate price for me not to exercise my right to bear arms.

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    "I need it to compensate for the fact that I lean over to the other side without it."

    Used that once with a family of tourists from Jersey. They laughed. We had a 30+ minute conversation about handguns, OC, the Second Amendment, personal responsibility, and best ways to get from where we were to the big tourist trap they were wanting to go to. They took pictures to show their friends/neighbors back home. They took pictures with us (a group of OCers) to show their friends/neighbors that we did not just shoot them down (literally or figuratively).

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    I OC for the deturant effect. I really do not want a confrontation...let those that would do you harm go find someone that is not visibly armed. Works for me and has for 43 years.

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    The simple answer is "I OC because I want to OC."

    The complex answer comes after they ask why I want to OC.

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    How about:

    "Whats that? Did you state an interest in grabbing my gun?"

    or

    "I think I'm legally required to carry one"

    or

    "Jesus told me to"

    or

    "Where are your nuclear vessels?"

    or

    "I have a red pencil box"

    or

    "I'm a movie star"

    or

    "I'm a superstar"

    or

    "Where is the pharmacy, I need my meds reeeal bad"

    or

    "I must be lost, and in China"

    or

    "oh look, a person that values human life"

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    My short answer... Safety.
    If they are cordial, I will expand on that.
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    I've used "Because a COP is too heavy!"

    But, usually I answer with "Because it is my right to be able to protect myself and my family/friends!"

    I have thought about "Don't you worry about PROTECTION?"
    Last edited by JoeSparky; 07-18-2013 at 01:41 AM.
    RIGHTS don't exist without RESPONSIBILITY!
    If one is not willing to stand for his rights, he doesn't have any Rights.
    I will strive to stand for the rights of ANY person, even those folks with whom I disagree!
    As said by SVG--- "I am not anti-COP, I am PRO-Citizen" and I'll add, PRO-Constitution.
    If the above makes me a RADICAL or EXTREME--- So be it!

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    Really depends on how the person inquires (or reacts) about the weapon on my side. I've used the "in case I have to give somebody a quick lesson in why crime doesn't pay", or "because I don't plan on loosing in a fist fight".....I didn't come up with these or the few others I'll use on occasion, but whatever line or comment I'll use I'll ALWAYS say it in some sort of jokingly manner, sometimes laughing at the comment myself, and IF, like others here have mentioned, the conversation lends itself, I'll get into why I really carry. One linners, for me, tend to lead to further conversation and in turn more education. Oh, ya, I forgot, why do I carry a gun? "in case some punk out there's feelin' lucky! Just my $.02.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3FULLMAGS+1 View Post
    Really depends on how the person inquires (or reacts) about the weapon on my side. I've used the "in case I have to give somebody a quick lesson in why crime doesn't pay", or "because I don't plan on loosing in a fist fight".....I didn't come up with these or the few others I'll use on occasion, but whatever line or comment I'll use I'll ALWAYS say it in some sort of jokingly manner, sometimes laughing at the comment myself, and IF, like others here have mentioned, the conversation lends itself, I'll get into why I really carry. One linners, for me, tend to lead to further conversation and in turn more education. Oh, ya, I forgot, why do I carry a gun? "in case some punk out there's feelin' lucky! Just my $.02.
    It makes bullets go REALLY fast.

    or.

    -looks confused and slowly moves my eyes down to my hip- Oh my! How'd that get there?

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    What do you say?

    Because its 105 outside and sweat corrodes the finish on my Kimber,

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    'Because I can "

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    It's not a gun, it's a critter eradication device.
    The Second Amendment is in place
    in case the politicians ignore the others

    A gun in the hand is better than a cop on the phone

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    Where is your fire extinguisher?

    To be truthful, the only folks that I think notice my pistol never say anything. Heck, I don't think most regular folks even notice. The two times I have been asked about my pistol the first question is was "Ya got ID?" I'm jealous, I want regular folks to ask for a change.

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    Ya got ID?

    Happy?


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    Ya fuzz, what of it.

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    Open Carry Cards

    I watched ED hand out cards and politely explain to people what OC was all about. I was very impressed and thought the cards were a GREAT idea.
    http://forum.opencarry.org/forums/sh...n-Cards-STICKY

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