Questions I Ask of Folks Favoring Gun Control


1. I’ve survived a gunfight; have you?

2. I’ve run out of ammunition and had to change magazines during a gunfight; have you?

3. Why do you want to limit the ability of a law-abiding citizen to survive being attacked by a criminal?

4. Have you ever fired a pistol or revolver?

5. Have you ever fired a rifle?

6. Have you ever fired a shotgun?

7. What kind of firearm is easiest to use in a confined space?

8. What kind of firearm is easiest to shoot accurately?

9. Why do you want to limit a citizen’s ability to choose the safest and most effective firearm for his particular circumstances?

10. What kind of ammunition is most likely to incapacitate the person shot while reducing the danger to bystanders?

11. Why do you want to limit a citizen’s ability to choose the safest and most effective ammunition for his particular circumstances?

12. Are you a hoplophobe?

3 thoughts on “Questions I Ask of Folks Favoring Gun Control

    • I’ll give you the Cliffs Notes version of my answers.

      7. A pistol or revolver or possibly a carbine no more powerful than .223 Remington. My choices are a M1911 .45 or an M1 Carbine. Mrs. Hoge prefers a .38 Special revolver.

      8. I do best with a rifle, especially one with an optical sight. My eyes aren’t what they used to be.

      10. Full metal jacket ammunition overpenetrates. That means the bullet may go through the target or through a wall and strike a bystander. Also, the kinetic energy that the bullet has as it exits the target is not energy that was expended in the target incapacitating it. Ammunition with properly designed soft point or hollow point bullets that don’t overpenetrate and that do transfer all their energy to the target should be used in rifles and handguns. Trap/skeet loads with #8 shot are a reasonable choice for short-range use in a shotgun. The pattern of a 20 ga trap/skeet load fired from a gun with an improved cylinder choke is only about 4-in in diameter at 25 ft, and the pellets strike with roughly twice the energy of Dirty Harry’s .44 Magnum. However, the pellets rarely go through a third layer of drywall, so there is less danger to bystanders from a missed shot. IMO, 00 buckshot should be reserved for longer range shooting.

  1. John,
    Your answers are right on the money ! I would like to expand on your answer to question number 8. The most accurate and easily used firearm is the firearm one has trained with. For my purpose I prefer the Smith & Wesson Model 28 revolver which I used and carried as a police officer forty years ago. It is still a tight and serviceable. Loaded with .38 special Half Jacket Hollow points, I do not have much concern about over penetration, That and having fired tens of thousands of rounds through it I am most comfortable with knowing where my shots will strike.

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