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Discussion in 'Carry Issues' started by MoreMonkeyThanMan, Oct 29, 2020.
Sounds like you handled it just fine.
You answered it just fine.
Depending on their age, this would have been a great opportunity to explain why the 2A is in our constitution. Better to beat the education system to the truth before they attempt to explain their view.
Because god made me free to protect myself and my family.
When I was asked, my response was "Because the world and the people in it are insane. And your mother, and myself have to keep the family safe."
Considerably different question than my granddaughter (5 yrs old) asked me when we got lost and drove through a particularly bad neighborhood:
"Grampa, you have your gun on you, right?"
Well, there's always the old answer, "Because a cop is too heavy to carry!"
You answered it perfectly - to keep us safe, which is exactly true.
Great job on teaching them too. Ya, done good.
When my daughter was 7 or 8 years old (she is grown up now) she walked into my gun room when I was cleaning guns from a recent range trip. She says "Whatcha doing Daddy? Cleaning your guns?" I said yes. Then she said "Are those guns for shooting bad guys?" Again I said yes. She said "Ok" and and watched until I finished cleaning. She was a smart girl even then.
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Because there are bad people in this world.
Long ago a friend of my Son's saw me leaving for work and askes "Why does your Dad have a gun?" My Son replied "To shoot the bad guy's."
How about, “so daddy can laugh when you bump your noggin’ on it.”
I have always said it's part of my job and that i have to deal with very bad people sometimes. Sometimes those bad people come looking for you.
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Why your Father carries a gun:
I don't carry a gun to kill people.
I carry a gun to keep from being killed.
I don't carry a gun to scare people.
I carry a gun because sometimes this world can be a scary place.
I don't carry a gun because I'm paranoid.
I carry a gun because there are real threats in the world.
I don't carry a gun because I'm evil.
I carry a gun because I have lived long enough to see the evil in the world.
I don't carry a gun because I hate the government.
I carry a gun because I understand the limitations of government.
I don't carry a gun because I'm angry.
I carry a gun so that I don't have to spend the rest of my life hating myself for failing to be prepared.
I don't carry a gun because I want to shoot someone.
I carry a gun because I want to die at a ripe old age in my bed, and not on a sidewalk somewhere tomorrow afternoon.
I don't carry a gun to make me feel like a man.
I carry a gun because men know how to take care of themselves and the ones they love.
I don't carry a gun because I feel inadequate.
I carry a gun because unarmed and facing three armed thugs, I am inadequate.
I don't carry a gun because I love it.
I carry a gun because I love life and the people who make it meaningful to me.
Police protection is an oxymoron.
Free citizens must protect themselves.
Police do not protect you from crime, they usually just investigate the crime after it happens and then call someone in to clean up the mess.
I carry a gun because God gave me the Right to do so; it is inalienable.
OP, you did fine!
My daughter isnt old enough for that question yet. But when she was a little younger, she walked up to my father in law, lifted his shirt and looked and then looked at me puzzled, and said “baboom?” Asking me where grandpas gun was (he doesn’t carry)
You did exactly right. Teach them to respect it as a deadly weapon and know how to handle it safely. Be careful about them telling others about them having shot one. Not that there's anything wrong with it but that the 'insane' people will go after them and you. Should not be that way, but unless you are willing to put up with that, be careful.
That’s sad. Raised my family in a rural area. My sons were shooting from a young age. By 14 they were keeping there guns in their rooms, didn’t have to worry about their friends because they had their own guns. Same for me growing up, I was pretty young wandering the woods with a shotgun .22 rifle or .22 revolver.
Wouldn’t do that today. But shooting and hunting at a very young age is common where I’m from and would still be a non issue.