Do I Need a Gun?
So, where do you even start to answer the question, “do I need a gun?” You know you want to stay safe, protect your loved ones, and maybe, most of all, not let yourself become a victim. So, do you just go out and get a gun?
I know what you are going through, I have been there! I have also been through this same overwhelming feeling. Now I want to help you.
The decision to own a gun is a very serious and complicated one and I commend you for starting here and educating yourself first. There are many aspects of gun ownership and I am here to guide you along the way.
The Decision to Own a Gun
Every life-changing decision has to start somewhere and that somewhere is here. There are 5 parts to this series that will go through the overview of what you need to think about when it comes to this life-changing decision. Along with making the decision to own a gun, you will become educated on the laws, the parts and pieces of a firearm, and every topic about responsible gun ownership.
You can learn this, and you can protect yourself.
Let’s get started.
The very first question you have to ask yourself is “do I need a gun?” Take a look at your neighborhood and the places which you frequent and ask “Do I feel safe there?” Consider how you look and carry yourself and think to yourself “Am I an easy target to be victimized?” Think about you daily activities and routines of a typical day and wonder “Do I feel safe?” In my article Do You Need a Gun? I go through the specifics on what types of questions you should ask yourself and how you decide how to answer this. After you answer this seemly tough question, the next question is even harder.
“Could you use it?”
Sure, you could easily pull a trigger and can hit a paper target. However, if it came down to it and your life depended on it, could you pull that same trigger on a gun aimed on another human being? Now that is a hard question to answer. In the article Could You Use It? I help put this in perspective and help you really think about this question, as well as how to be true to yourself and answer honestly.
Phew… the really hard part is over. Preparing mentally to own a gun is a hard process. You have to be honest and true to yourself and feelings.
If you cannot answer yes to those questions, THAT IS OK! I have also compiled information on how to prepare and protect yourself without a firearm. Please take a look at our Personal Protection area of the website.
What is Next?
So, you have answered “yes” to needing a gun and being able to use it, now you are asking “what’s next?” I suggest looking into laws. You need to know what is expected of you as a gun owner in the area you live. In my article Guns & The Law – Overview I go over key terms that you will need to know. Now remember that every state is different. In some places the laws can differ depending on which county you’re in. You WILL need to do research on your areas. However, I offer some great resources in our Guns & The Law section of The Well Armed Woman.
The decision to own a gun is a difficult one to wrestle with, and requires a lot of learning. Not just learning what your local laws say about owning a firearm, but also learning what you need for your self-protection and what you are capable of doing in an emergency situation. With that education and understanding of your needs, you have made it here to the next step of gun ownership. Here is the next section to making the decision Making The Decision Part 2: What Do I Need to Know?
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Here is the next section to making the decision Making The Decision Part 2: What Do I Need to Know?
Links in this article to check out
- Do You Need a Gun?
- Could You Use It?
- Personal Protection
- Guns & The Law – Overview
- Guns & The Law
- Making The Decision Part 2: What Do I Need to Know