From DailyCaller.com,by Doug Giles, February 27, 2012 – The carrying of a deadly weapon and the ability to have within your hand the wherewithal to remove a person from the planet is a sobering cup of Joe.
I know you’re thinking, “Why, thank you Captain Obvious. I wouldn’t have seen that if you hadn’t pointed it out to me.”
Because the topic of sending a felonious wanker to an early grave is indeed grave, you need to sit down with your daughter and ask her this question:
Would you shoot to kill a person if they were going to do you or others physical harm? Because, duh, that’s the whole point of carrying a gun. She should have the attitude that, “I don’t want to use it but should I have to I’m mentally prep’ed.”
So, first things first, father: If your girl is going to carry a weapon or have one in her house, then she had better have performed the proper mental gymnastics necessary for her to move into Dirty Harry mode if things should go to hell in her presence. There’s no time for contemplation in such a situation. When the crap hits the fan, it happens fast. Is she ready?
If your daughter cannot see herself actually using the weapon she is carrying then she has no business having a piece on her person. Yep, she had better stick with knowing martial arts or sporting a Taser or having Cujo go on the defense for her against the obstreperous because the prerequisite mindset for the serious gun owner is: I have no problem using it if a felon forces my hand.
For those girls who have made the leap into the “I’ll turn him into worm food and not bat a false eyelash” mode, let’s talk about guns. This is one of my favorite topics: discussing with good folks the proper personal weaponry to sport so that they radically decrease the likelihood that they will ever be victimized by a dumb dude trying to hurt them.
Dad, before you get your girl a gun, take her to a gun store or a gun range where they have several calibers, makes and models to choose from and have her try all the ones that are made for self defense.
Start her on the small end of the caliber spectrum okay, Rad Magnum? It won’t help things if she’s christened with a .500 S&W, .454 Casull or a .50-cal Desert Eagle. She’ll develop a flinch worse than the one I have everytime I see Pelosi. Personally, I’d start her with a little .22 and have her build up to the .38 and .40 calibers.