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5 Questions Women Should Ask Before They Get a Gun

It seems that after almost every article I write on self defense for women, people write, "Get a gun! Get a gun!" Yes, I agree, a gun is an excellent tool to deter crime and to prevail in a violent encounter. I teach gun safety and the Conceal and Carry class in my state and well over half my students are women.  Here are five questions I go through with them to help determine whether they are ready to purchase their firearm.

1. Are you ready for the responsibility of owning a firearm?

You must know quite a bit about how they operate and how to maintain them. You must take the necessary steps to keep your gun out of the reach of unauthorized persons (children, parents with dementia, etc.). And you must have the mental, emotional and physical stamina to use a gun correctly in a violent encounter. Are you willing to meet all these qualifications?