One of my recent articles, entitled ?Timmy and Me,? stirred up even Moore controversy than I expected. But, fortunately, most of the email about the article was positive. In fact, several readers wrote to say that they had decided to make their first gun purchase after reading the article. A few even asked if I had any recommendations. Since I have several, I decided to write this article.
Before I get started with the recommendations, I want to make sure that prospective gun owners develop a healthy respect for firearms and for the consequences of using deadly force. That?s why I recommend that everyone take a firearms safety course before making that first gun purchase, even if their state laws don?t require it.
I also suggest that prospective gun owners pick up a copy of Into the Kill Zone by David Klinger. Klinger is a former policeman who, years ago, had to take the life of an armed citizen in South Central Los Angeles. Taking the life of an armed assailant is serious business, even when it is legally and morally justified. The movies don?t accurately portray the horror of deadly force but Klinger?s book comes close. As such, it helps to convey the awesome responsibility of gun ownership better than any account I have ever read.
After you finish the course and the book, you should be ready for that first gun purchase. Just in case you decide to buy a gun safe first, I have decided to include a list of the first several guns you will need to help fill that safe. After that, you?re on your own.
Ruger 10/22 rifle-This was not the first gun I bought, but it should have been. The .22 is cheap and fun to shoot. There is nothing more fun than picking up an economy pack of 550 Federal hollow points (for less than $10 at Wal-mart) on a boring Saturday afternoon. But beware: you can empty the whole carton in less than half a day, if you get carried away. Also, if you know a really strident anti-gun liberal, see if you can get him to fire a few rounds through your 10/22. If you can, chances are he?ll be voting Republican by the end of the year.