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    Advice for explaining decision to carry

    I've got my permit and a couple of guns I practice with regularly, and have recently decided to purchase a gun suitable for concealed carry, after months of research. The question is I'm not sure how to explain it to my parents. I know, "do what you want who gives a...!" The thing is I'm a student being supported by my parents ($), not to mention that I love and respect them very much and would rather not go behind their backs (but would if I had to). They know I'm responsible, intelligent, and one of the "good guys." This all stems from something my dad said "there's enough violence w/o everyone having a gun; people would shoot you for just looking at them wrong." Now I could come up with ways to go against his argument. They're not anti-gun by any means. Dad's been NRA for years (weird, huh??). I think what I'm asking is how others might've broken the ice to parents, good friends, spouses, etc; not so much point by point arguments in favor.

    Any advice is greatly appreciated. Thanks for your help.

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    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Somewhere, Texas, United States
    Not being in your shoes I can only broadly suggest that you be honest and sincere. Try not to come across as judgemental and let them know you respect their opinions and all you're asking is for that same respect. Remember, everyone doesn't always have to agree with eachother for there to be a modest base for mutual respect. At the same time respect is earned not given. And you may have to accept that you might have to choose between your principles and your loved ones. A hard choice to be sure. But thats the risk you take in doing what you believe is right, regardless the subject matter. Hope all goes well.

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    Aug 2009
    MA, Away from the liberal loonies...
    With all due respect... The truth is best, your truth. Why did you decide to carry a firearm?
    Don't read the teleprompter, just state your case. At some point in time you have grown with guidance from your parents and have decided to make a decision that affects you. If they have done their job in preparing you for the rest of YOUR life, they will understand you making this decision of your own accord...

    State your opinion with conviction and stick to it...
    You can give peace a chance alright..

    I'll seek cover in case it goes badly..

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    Jun 2011
    An Alternate Reality, I Assure You...
    What 6shooter said... tell them exactly what YOU feel, even if it's "b/c I want to". You're an adult, you make your own decisions for your own reasons. If your parents can't understand this... that's just too bad aint it? And on a seperate note... what makes your father think millions of people aren't already carrying guns everywhere? Do you think gang members care about getting their CCW??? People will already shoot you for looking at them wrong, but now you can shoot back. Don't be fooled into thinking the only way people carry firearms is through CCW. People will do it no matter what the law says... if they didn't, we wouldn't have created the word "crime".

    I believe in this:

    "An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life."
    -- Robert A. Heinlein, Beyond This Horizon, 1942

    I always have, even as a youth... and even more as an adult.
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    Nov 2009
    Soverign State of Poverty Knob near Tennessee
    All of the above plus you can add that with the number of legal CCW holders, the bad guy is not going to be too quick to approach a potential victim if he thinks he might not get home for dinner. CCW has reduced crime in many areas of the country. Makes the bad guy think a bit before pulling a gun knowing that his oponent may also be armed.
    Let's hear it for Gun Free Zones... Public places where the criminal has a monopoly
    on self defense. - Gary Nelson 2012

  7. Since your Dad is speaking about such violence of someone will shoot you just for looking at them the wrong way, then tell your Dad then I have a way to DEFEND my life. Unless of course your Dad would rather have you die?

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    I agree with most of the folks above. Sincerity is good. Polite but direct is good.

    Just a couple of points to add. Buy the firearm with your own money. And if you're living under their roof while they support you, and they say they don't want you to have a handgun in the house - RESPECT THAT, and start making a plan to support yourself and move out. (Hopefully you have a few ideas on that anyway.)

    Just my opinion.
    S&W M&P 45; Ruger GP100 .357 Magnum; Charter Arms .38 Undercover

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    To all who have posted thus: thanks a lot! (Pretty good for an hour!) To address you all broadly, I've visited a lot of websites (like this one) and read some Ayoob and my thinking resonates with yours as far as reasons for carrying go. I hope I didn't make it sound like too much of an ultimatum. It's not like they'll disown me or anything. I know my stuff, I just need encouragement to put it to use.

  10. I'm a student as well, and supported by my parents. I know the delima you're in. I decided at first I wouldn't say anything and went out and bought an AR (yeah subtle I know) and got busted when UPS shows up with AR accessories. Once the cat was out of the bag it really wasn't that bad. My parents weren't anti-gun, but never owned any firearms. We had a nice discussion and they seemed to be more upset at the fact that I kept this secret than buying the gun.

    Once I was of age I told them I would be going to take my CWP class to carry concealed. They were weary of this but I reassured them that I, like you, was a good guy and one that was a responsible firearm owner. Once I obtained my permit I carried every place I had the legal right to. I was constantly questioned if it was really necessary to carry at a certain place. I always reminded them that crime can occur anywhere and the reason I had a permit was to protect myself. I encouraged them to pick up the paper and see the crime that was happening.

    I guess what I'm saying is to be honest and up front. Make your case and explain your reasoning. I wish I would have. Now (a year later) I take the family out to shoot regularly and my dad even has a permit. They shouldn't doubt your judgement unless you've given them a reason to. If you would have told me a few years ago that I would have a CWP and own several firearms I wouldn't believe you. I think going about it the right way is important. Good luck!

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    You might want to mention that the bad guys are working in groups a lot more now. If you are aproached, chances are that there will be 3 or more of the and lately the have been attacking in large groups.
    And remind them that it is not just you that is being protected but that small child or the little old lady or even them.
    Friends help you move. Real Friends help you move bodies!

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