My wife asked me if I really needed to take my gun to the dentist...

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    My wife asked me if I really needed to take my gun to the dentist...

    I am wondering what a better response to this type of question would be?

    Yesterday I was getting ready to leave to go to the dentist office, yay right? I was trying to think ahead to decide which holster would be best suited to that situation. I put on my IWB white hat holster and I asked my wife if she could see it when i was laying down. (since i swear the dentist chairs can sometimes invert you upside down...).

    Long story short, she asked me if I really felt the need to take my gun to the dentist in a condescending/sarcastic manner. Now this took me by surprise since she is usually very supportive of me cc'ing. I didn't really know how to answer that, so i said something dumb like "for the same reason i wear my seat belt on my way there...".

    But I have found that where i live, and the people i associate with, are never of the mindset of "why do you carry?". But then those same friends are surprised when we go to the beach and i have an lcp in my shorts pocket.

    so, i am wondering if anyone has any good responses to those scenarios in which when my wife may look at me like i'm paranoid for carrying in that situation.

    also i am aware of CAN'T, but for the purpose of this thread i am looking more for response ideas, constructive, sarcastic, or otherwise =p

    Thanks in advance!

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    A primary response I use & is now an accepted mindset of my wife & I after 2+ years of CC, is that it's not always the place you are going to that you view as a threat (yes, I know ... anytime / anyplace), but MUCH more so is the walk from house to car, from car to destination, return walk from destination to car, & walk from car back into the house that I view as more of a threat than the destination.

    How many stories have we all read of victims ambushed in their driveways immediately upon getting into the car, or returning home, or surprising BG's in the act of burglarizing their homes upon returning (not to mention car-jacked during the trip there & back)?

    It's not so much the dentist office that is the major threat (but you never know), but rather the dentist's parking lot & your driveway. I used to get the same question from close friends when visiting at their house. The threat is not from them or from being in their home, it's the coming & going where the possibility of threat is escalated.

    One last thought, although many places may not be threatening on the surface (ie. dentist office, friend's / relative's house, etc) but you never know what you may stumble into the middle of upon entering these places. Odds are nil, but you never know. Not paranoid, just trying to balance the odds. So bottom line, the answer is "Yes", I do need to carry during this round trip to the dentist. Yes the dentist & his staff are ususally pretty good guys & gals, but what about everyone else in between?
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    I've taken the same grief from my wife. My response is always the same; "I honestly don't know when I'll need it".
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    Hand her a blank piece of paper and explain that it is the list of all the places the bad guys are going to hit today.

    When she looks at you with that confused look, explain to her that "criminals don't give out lists in advance of when or where they are going to commit crime"

    That should explain that blank piece of paper and hopefully get the point across.
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    I pocket my R9 for the dentist chair.

    It takes several hours for the anesthetic to wear off, so I'm very careful driving home. I've asked him to give me Lidocaine instead of the usual, just in case my wife asks me where I was out late last night.
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    Tell her if you knew where and when an attack was going to happen you probably wouldn't go there at that time. Similar to some other responses but just another way of saying it. We never know where and when, that's what keeps the news on the TV they get to report the past.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sfire View Post
    I am wondering what a better response to this type of question would be? Yesterday I was getting ready to leave to go to the dentist office, yay right? I was trying to think ahead to decide which holster would be best suited to that situation. I put on my IWB white hat holster and I asked my wife if she could see it when i was laying down. (since i swear the dentist chairs can sometimes invert you upside down...). Long story short, she asked me if I really felt the need to take my gun to the dentist in a condescending/sarcastic manner. Now this took me by surprise since she is usually very supportive of me cc'ing. I didn't really know how to answer that, so i said something dumb like "for the same reason i wear my seat belt on my way there...". But I have found that where i live, and the people i associate with, are never of the mindset of "why do you carry?". But then those same friends are surprised when we go to the beach and i have an lcp in my shorts pocket. so, i am wondering if anyone has any good responses to those scenarios in which when my wife may look at me like i'm paranoid for carrying in that situation. also i am aware of CAN'T, but for the purpose of this thread i am looking more for response ideas, constructive, sarcastic, or otherwise =p Thanks in advance!
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    My wife asked me if I really thought I would need mine one time. I told her that if I thought I would need it, I would take a shotgun too.

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    ....the gun ain't on me to drill the dentist with dear, it's with me so i won't get drilled on the going.

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    Should a said:

    Is this real life?

    Ok now. Ok now IIve two fingers

    I cant see anything

    I feel funny

    Why is this happening to me?

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    I am glad my wife doesn't ask me that. When I ask her if she has her Walther she says no, I ask why she says because you have your Kimber. I have tried to tell her she should carry even with me just in case I need cover fire charging the hill.

    My dentist has hurt me in the past that is why I carry to the dentist dear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elk Hunter View Post
    My dentist has hurt me in the past that is why I carry to the dentist dear.
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    I just go with Murphy's Law. The one time I don't have it is the one time I will need it.
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