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    Today I was out grocery shopping with my girlfriend here in the Pullman area. We were hungry and so we stopped by an arbys, well as I was swiping my card to pay the guy at the counter asked "Why do you carry a firearm" taken slightly aback I took a second and then said "because... I can". Afterwards all I could think about was what I should've said like "crime dterrent" or "my right as a citizen".

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    Yours seems like a reasonable answer to me.

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    "Because there is nothing in the laws of this State that forbid the peaceful bearing of personal firearms"
    "Because I am not a criminal and my carrying this in public proves it"
    "Because people sometimes need to defend themselves and they're not always prepared, I am"
    "Because my pants won't fit properly if I don't"
    "Why do you drive around in a 2500 lb. guided missile?"
    (ad infinitum, ad nauseum...)
    When the **** hits the fan, ask yourself: What Would Bugly Do?

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    I OC at Arby's all the time. Glad to see more OCers around Pullman

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    My answer: “What? Are you serious? Tacoma is the most crime infested city in the entire northwest, the better question is, why don’t you have a gun?”

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    I haven't tried the Pullman arbys yet, but I did get that question at dissmore's earlier today. my answer was, "being a law abiding citizen it is my right under the washington state constitution to carry a firearm and it makes me feel safer to carry." By the way it was a customer that asked not an employee, I've never had any questions from employees.

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    Mainsail wrote:
    My answer: “What? Are you serious? Tacoma is the most crime infested city in the entire northwest, the better question is, why don’t you have a gun?”
    LOL....

    My freind told me he was thinking of moving to Tacoma and asked where the wrong side of the tracks are. I told him there are none.

    I have used the because I can line on a neighborhood kid who was at our house. His father later approached me about that he is a teacher and I thought UH-OH. But he said that was the perfect thing to say. And that he had a talk with his kid, who is about 8 years old, about our rights and why we should excercise them even if we don't feel it necessary.
    I am not anti Cop I am just pro Citizen.

    U.S. v. Minker, 350 US 179, at page 187
    "Because of what appears to be a lawful command on the surface, many citizens, because
    of their respect for what only appears to be a law, are cunningly coerced into waiving their
    rights, due to ignorance." (Paraphrased)

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    sudden valley gunner wrote:
    Mainsail wrote:
    My answer: “What? Are you serious? Tacoma is the most crime infested city in the entire northwest, the better question is, why don’t you have a gun?”
    LOL....

    My freind told me he was thinking of moving to Tacoma and asked where the wrong side of the tracks are. I told him there are none.

    I have used the because I can line on a neighborhood kid who was at our house. His father later approached me about that he is a teacher and I thought UH-OH. But he said that was the perfect thing to say. And that he had a talk with his kid, who is about 8 years old, about our rights and why we should excercise them even if we don't feel it necessary.
    EPIC WIN!!!!!!!!:celebrate
    When the **** hits the fan, ask yourself: What Would Bugly Do?

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    After you have thought about it for a while, Why Do You Carry A Gun? Be truthful, cut out the BS, and answer the question to yourself. If you can't come up with a reason to convince yourself why you carry one then how are you to convince someone else.

    As I said cut out the BS and the hypotheoretical stuff and answer the question to yourself. The next time someone asks you why you can answer them without worrying about it.

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    Dave The Welder wrote:
    I OC at Arby's all the time. Glad to see more OCers around Pullman
    I still have the pamphlet you gave me.

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    I OC in a few Arby's and Mc-D's on many occasions and I've never been asked why I have a gun, however, I have been asked what KIND of gun I was carrying -- make, caliber, how reliable and accurate.

    Person who posed the question then told me about HIS gun!

    Hey......this is Arizona.

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    PT111 wrote:
    After you have thought about it for a while, Why Do You Carry A Gun? Be truthful, cut out the BS, and answer the question to yourself. If you can't come up with a reason to convince yourself why you carry one then how are you to convince someone else.

    As I said cut out the BS and the hypotheoretical stuff and answer the question to yourself. The next time someone asks you why you can answer them without worrying about it.
    Ding Ding Ding! We have a winning post here!

    Basic truths of life. Understand your own motives. Talk straight from the heart to others; people can tell a salesman when they hear one. That hypotheoretical stuff is only for the hypotheoreticians; most people aren't interested. And...always a little patience. People get all sorts of crazy ideas from all sorts of places. It takes time to straighten out the disorder, yet most will respond to simple honesty.

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    I know why I carry I just haven't had any questions and was surprised that he had noticed. I'm ready for someone who is being confrontational just not someones curiosity.

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    PT111 wrote:
    After you have thought about it for a while, Why Do You Carry A Gun? Be truthful, cut out the BS, and answer the question to yourself. If you can't come up with a reason to convince yourself why you carry one then how are you to convince someone else.

    As I said cut out the BS and the hypotheoretical stuff and answer the question to yourself. The next time someone asks you why you can answer them without worrying about it.
    My daughter was born 35 days ago. Before she was born I didn't have a single gun. Today I own four guns.

    Why do I carry a gun?

    Because I will do whatever it takes to ensure my daughter gets a chance to grow up, and gets to do so with a father and mother around to help her and guide her.

    Because I wish to teach my daughter how to be self sufficient through both instruction AND example.

    Because not carrying a gun when I am trained to do so is irresponsible and a disservice to everyone around me.


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    Mainsail wrote:
    My answer: “What? Are you serious? Tacoma is the most crime infested city in the entire northwest, the better question is, why don’t you have a gun?”
    Ok I just have to say I like the end of this... answering a question with a question. "Why DON'T you have one"? I makes them think about it, just not take your answer and discard it.

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    I OC at Arby's all the time. Glad to see more OCers around Pullman
    I still have the pamphlet you gave me.
    Okay, now you've got my interest. Where was I when I gave you the pamphlet?

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    I generally go with the "why don't you?" when dumb people ask me questions. Since it's the Yakima Valley, I actually press them for a reason not to- either way, they understand why I do.

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    I pretty much always go the joke route... "Because a cop was too heavy" or "The cop wouldn't stay still when I had him on my belt"



    I do like the "why dont you" remark. Gonna have to use that next time.

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    I always liked:

    "Because when seconds count, the police are still minutes away, your welcome."

    :celebrate

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    Dave The Welder wrote:
    FunkTrooper wrote:
    Dave The Welder wrote:
    I OC at Arby's all the time. Glad to see more OCers around Pullman
    I still have the pamphlet you gave me.
    Okay, now you've got my interest. Where was I when I gave you the pamphlet?
    I walked up to you at Dismores and started talking to you about OCing probably in October.

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    FunkTrooper wrote
    I walked up to you at Dismores and started talking to you about OCing probably in October.
    Awesome, that's who I thought you were. Glad to see you on the board. Are you and your friend that I met coming to the lunch on Sunday?

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    I'll be there but my friend has work.

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    I OC at Arby's quite often. I've never been asked by customers or employees about my firearm there, although I'm often asked about my carry-gun at Dissmore's.

    I think I have only made it in and out of Dissmore's twice while OC'ing and not had the firearm come up in conversation, and I shop there very often. The employees at Dissmore's are quite curious. One of them mistook my HK USP for a Springfield XD and then chatted with me about the differences between the two.



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    I generally use a hybrid of two fairly popular ones already mentioned.

    "Because carrying a full sized police officer is too heavy, and when seconds count, they are minutes away."

    If I get the chance after the persons initial reaction, I will add...


    "Every free citizen has the right and responsibility to protect themselves and their loved ones. The firearm is the most effective means to that end when all other things fail, think about that."

    I like to make em think!

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    Because I realized criminals are predators and will go for the easiest prey, as long as I'm standing next to you with a gun I'm not the easiest prey to a criminal, enjoy the rest of your day.

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