This is a discussion on Stopped last night within the Concealed Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by Thumper "why do you feel the need to carry?" Personally, I have heard that same question from an officer and it was ...
"That I cannot do."
"Give this to, uh, Clemenza. I want reliable people, people who aren't going to be carried away. After all we're not murderers in spite of what this undertaker thinks."
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So, your "I don't want to make an officer's job harder" and practical patience are the correct drivers of politely/maturely dealing with the situation.
I'm just one root in a grassroots organization. No one should assume that I speak for the VCDL.
I am neither an attorney-at-law nor I do play one on television or on the internet. No one should assumes my opinion is legal advice.
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I am aware that I need to disclose to law enforcement, I just was unsure about a roadblock situation. Another reason I was unsure is because he didn't ask for any ID.
I felt he was rude because of his overall demeanor. When he asked why I feel the need to carry, he asked in a very rude way. It caught me off guard. I am never rude with an LEO because that makes the situation worse.
The German soldiers who were manning the ovens, they had a 'job to do' too.
If I recall correctly, and I am sure I am, the US Supreme Court had a ruling on the DUI check points no too long ago. They said the check points "probably" did violate the constitution, but they were going to allow them to continue because of the public good they did. Nice to see them admit they ignore the constitution and do as they please.
In the year before I came over I encountered 2 DUI check points because I worked till closing at a gun shop/range, and both times I rolled down the side window, turned on the dome lights and proceeded to stop point. One asked "Where are you going" and the other "Where are you coming from"; both got the same answer "No officer, I have not been drinking tonight". Where are you going grinned like he got me and said "That's not the question I asked" I said "I know what you asked but that is the only answer you'll get, and it is really what you wanted to know isn't it?" He gave me a dirty look and waved me on. Where are you coming from just smiled and said "have a nice night". Funny thing, neither one asked for my papers.
For those that say "Well it helps catch the bad guys"; so would going around the county kicking in doors and searching for meth. The question is, just how much freedom are we are willing to sacrifice to catch the bad guys? Evidently "papers please" on the road is OK with a lot of people.
Man some of you people are long winded. I've never had a cop (or anyone else for that matter) ask me why I carry but my answer will be "Because I want to."
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My statement was "A lot of..." What is incorrect about that? Would it be safe to say that "at least" 1,000 LEOs in the US think civilians shouldn't be allowed to CC? That to me is a lot.Please do not make blanket statements about LEO's.
Actually, statistically your job is 14th on the most dangerous list, behind parks & rec workers, electricians, roofers, etc. The authority you have means we get to expect more of you. If my roofer has a bad day, my roof leaks. If you have a bad say somebody may die or have their constitutional rights violated.We do have a job that is dangerous, and puts us around bad people on a regular basis, but this does not give us permission to be hateful.
At least in FL., We Do Not Have to notify ; ) Been through about 5 in the last 35 years. The last one I came through was during the afternoon Had DL/Ins & Reg. in hand the oficer said "Just licence" Never took em, Just looked at em ; )
Sometimes you'll run into a LEO that Just got on a 12hr shift & can be a little Cranky That's how it goes, Driving is a Privleage Not a Right.
As far as ?#1 is the norm ?#2 Well would never Or Has Never came up, Just
Got to love N/FL.
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IT'S OUR RIGHTS>THEY WANT TO WRONG
Now for my 2 cents.
I have a friend who is a police officer in Florida and at times he can appear to have that that surly attitude. It is because he deals with people who have bad attitudes towards Law Enforcement much of the time and it gets old. I think I would do the same, or probably much worse, but that's just me.
I know, I deal with the public on a regular basis with my job at the County Assessor and people just don't like anybody who has ties to Government. I too have used a curt, short and professional sounding voice with a bit of smart aleck thrown in due to the stupidity of those who are talking to me and acting like I just shot their best friend. If they have a problem with LEO's and the like, then it's usually their problem not the officer.
This LEO was probably tired, had dealt with people who do not like road blocks or check points or just LEO's in general doing their job and it just so happend that when the OP came along, it was the last straw most likely. A series of coincidences and not aimed at putting down a law abiding concealed carry citizen. Maybe the person before the OP showed up was rude, crude and socially unacceptable. Who knows?
I for one don't get offended when someone LEO or not asks "Why do you carry a gun?" I just don't let it bother me and just let it go.
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I live in NC.
When I was stopped by LE I notified him I have CCW permit, and that I did have a gun while my hands remained on the steering wheel in plain sight.
His only question to me was "where is the gun?" (reasonable question I thought).
My answer to 'why do you carry a gun?', if it would have been asked, is the simple answer to the question__to defend myself and my family against a deadly threat___.
"It is easier to resist at the beginning than at the end"____Leonardo da Vinci 1452-1519
Roadblocks are a minor annoyance in the grand scheme of life. So is standing in line at a fast-food joint, Waiting for the computer to download, and a buch of other stuff. Deal with it. If gets the drunk who might kill me off the road, I can put up with an occasional license check. If they bother you that much, avoid driving around late at night when the bars are closing, the usual time they set them up.
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"Why do you feel the need to carry a gun?"
For pretty much the same reason you do.
If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.
Im a big fan of the .22LR for bear defense.
Just shoot the guy next to you in the knee and run like heck.
Driving is not a privilege granted by cops. It is granted by law and if a person is obeying the laws, it effectively becomes a right.That's how it goes, Driving is a Privleage Not a Right.
My philoshy on society:
1. It's way too easy to get a drivers license.
2. It's way to easy to become and remain a teacher.
3. It's way too easy to become a cop.