Last month an article by this name was published by Pastor Jeff Sanders, the Pastor of Grace Family Fellowship in Canton, Ohio, and a fellow firearms trainer. I don’t know Jeff other than what he writes for PJ Media, and some his questions are pretty good, like this one: Are you ready for the responsibility of owning a firearm?
But the #1 and most important question for any anyone before they get a gun should be: Have you had any training?
You won’t understand if you are ready for the responsibility of owning a firearm, or what kind of firearm is best for your needs without it.
Get competent training before you buy a gun. 90% of the people that come to my classes with a new gun leave wishing they had bought something else.
His suggestion about where to find good advice about what to buy; “ask your local gun store”, is the last place I would suggest you go. (unless of course, the dealer is willing to tell the person to go to a defensive firearms instructor for help first)
Uneducated, and untrained people should not be asked “do you want to carry a revolver or a semi-automatic pistol?” – they should be trained and educated by a competent instructor that can help them figure that out – so they can pick the best gun for their specific needs.