I'm new to the site and new to the world of gun ownership. I'm purchasing a Smith and Wesson five-shot .38 special for personal protection. This is a big deal for me because there was a time when I was (wince) anti-handgun.
Then my husband told me about the Appalachian School of Law in Grundy, VA. Anyone heard about this one? It's an amazing story. Hubby is an attorney and he's from that area and that's how he heard about this.
Crazy student enters the School of Law and shoots six people, killing three instantly. Two other students hear the gunshots and they run out to their pick-up trucks (true story) and get their handguns/rifles. They run back into the building and confront the shooter. He drops his weapons and they hold him on the ground until the police arrive.
Later, a state trooper told them, "He was intending to shoot a lot more than he did. You guys stopped him."
The media picked up this story and left OUT the part about the students having guns and said only, "Two other students subdued the shooter."
I'm a former reporter and this was sickening to me. I did some research and learned that the number one deterrant to violent crime is a well-armed citizenry.
So my question is, I'm a gentle soul and when I tell friends I'm getting a hand gun they say, "You could never shoot anyone. You're too gentle."
I tell them, "I've given this a lot of thought. This is a huge decision that I'm making here. And I realize that if someone tried to harm my children, I'd shoot them dead in amoment. And then I realized that I am as important as my children."
Anyone else here deal with well-meaning friends and relatives? I'm not the gun-toting type but after about three months of research and reading and thinking, I'm ready.