ADVICE: “Should I Buy A Gun?”

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April 16th, 2014

Dear Andrew,

I’ve always been a staunch opponent of guns, but my home has been broken into twice in the last six weeks. Now I’m thinking about purchasing a gun to protect my family and home. My wife is very much against this idea, and we fight about it often. I completely understand where she’s coming from, as her views on the dangers of owning a gun used to be my own. But now I just don’t know what to do. What do you think? Should I get a gun?

– One Shot

Dear One Shot,

Guns are intense. Not only as a powerful extension of a man’s hand, but also as an extension of his will and ability to kill.

I had a dream a few nights ago where I had acquired two hand guns illegally and was trying to sell them on the street to some underground gun dealer. I was stressed out and fumbling with these black crumbling pistols. In the end, I realized that both of the guns were toys and didn’t really work, much to my relief (and to the dealer’s irritation). As the old saying goes, “guns don’t kill people, I do”, and just having the guns in my dream seemed to bring me one step closer to actually killing someone.

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