A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from July 03, 2016
“I carry a gun because a cop is too heavy”

"I carry a gun because a cop is too heavy” is a pro-gun slogan that has been printed on many gift items, such as bumper stickers, T-shirts and posters. The saying has been cited in print since at least 2005.


GunBroker.com Message Forums
JERRYGSKI
Posted - 12/30/2005 :  10:18:45 PM
(...)
Q: Why do you carry a gun?
A: Because a Cop is too heavy!!
Hard Fun!

Google Groups: alt.politics
ID: Sheriff, more concealed gun permits would boost public safety
Patriot Games
8/10/07
http://www.tri-cityherald.com/tch/local/state/story/9203985p-9120238c.html
ID sheriff: more concealed gun permits would boost public safety
Wednesday, August 8th, 2007
(...)
“When seconds count, the cops are only minutes away,” David Klingenberg, 36, told the meeting. “I carry a gun because a cop is too heavy.”

Google Groups: rec.martial-arts
Advice on Fighting
The Viking
10/26/07
“The purpose of fighting is to win. There is no possible victory in defense. The sword is more important than the shield and skill is more important than either. The final weapon is the brain. All else is supplemental.” - John Steinbeck
1. Don’t pick a fight with an old man. If he’s too old to fight, he’ll just
kill you.

2. If you find yourself in a fair fight, your tactics suck.

3. I carry a gun ‘cause a cop is too heavy.

Google Groups: PoliticalForum
Why Do I Carry A Gun?
mark
1/27/08
When someone asks me why I carry a gun, I reply:

- Because it is my right.
- For self defense.
- Why aren’t you carrying?
- Because when seconds count, the police are just minutes away.
- Do you see a cop close enough by to save your life in the next 5
seconds?
- Because a cop won’t fit in my waistband.
- Because a cop is too heavy.

Twitter
Bow Sineath
‏@bow_sineath
haha, “I carry a gun because a cop is too heavy”
7:25 PM - 21 Nov 2008

Google Books
American Gun Culture:
Collectors, Shows, and the Story of the Gun

By Jimmy D. Taylor
El Paso, TX: LFB Scholarly Pub.
2009
Pg. 122:
I Carry A Gun Because A Cop Is Too Heavy

Google Books
Citizen-Protectors:
The Everyday Politics of Guns in an Age of Decline

By Jennifer Carlson
New York, NY: Oxford University Press
2015
Pg. 85:
Connor’s words referenced a common trope, captured by adages like “I carry a gun because a cop is too heavy”; “When seconds matter, the police are only minutes away”; “A gun in the hand is worth two cops on the phone”; and, simply, “I don’t dial 911.”

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityGovernment/Law/Politics/Military • Sunday, July 03, 2016 • Permalink