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 of 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 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. They could have easily saved more than the training time cost.
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 and abilities.