This is a discussion on What do i say within the Concealed Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by archer51 A simple, "For self protection", should be all the answer he needs. +1...
Your son gave a fine answer, "we are going to the range." If he proceeded to ask more questions, then you might have had to get into some of the other answers that have been suggested. By the way, "self-defense" is the definitive answer in my opinion.
Be polite, honest and to the point. I've never been asked that question, by anyone, but if I were, my answer would be "Because I choose to."
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Every time I see one of these posts I think the same thing. How can a guy that carries a gun to protect himself asks that of someone else doing the same. Geez.
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It is surely true that you can lead a horse to water but you can't make them drink. Nor can you make them grateful for your efforts.
I haven't been asked yet but if I ever am, I'll reply... "for the same reason as you do". In fact, I think it's a childish question coming from any LEO who has your permit in his hand.
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I would just say "for personal protection" and leave it at that.
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Officer, I carry for "the protection of myself and my family" ...
Sometimes in life you have to stand your ground. It's a hard lesson to learn and even most adults don't get it, but in the end only I can be responsible for my life. If faced with any type of adversity, only I can overcome it. Waiting for someone else to take responsibility is a long fruitless wait.
I think the least antagonistic response is: "for legal self-defense".
Thanks for bringing this up, since it will probably happen to most of us at some point sooner or later as long as people have to declare and/or as long as an identifier pops up when your license or car registration is scanned into the systems at stops... but maybe I'm being paranoid. And... anything you say can and will be used in a court of law...etc etc. So, lets not be flippant with the good officer.
its funny my son had to bail me out of that one.
I believe I would have told him... I carry a weapon for the same reason he does... self defense...
I disagree with some of the respondents when they say, "because I am an American" or "because I can", or "because it is my right". Although those are all true, there is a time and a place to say them. Being questioned by an LEO is NOT one of them. I don't think they need the attitude. A simple "for personal protection" or "to protect my family and myself" I think is an appropriate answer.
BTW, I was watching an episode of 24. Jack Bauer was impersonating a convenience store robber and had everyone at gun point. He was trying to detain a terrorist until a satellite link could be established to track him. Jack "discovered" a handgun on the terrorist. Jack asked the terrorist, "why do you have this?" The terrorist responded, "for personal protection". Satisfied Jack. Any LEO would understand.
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