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Gun Ownership: Who Needs a Gun? — Who Doesn't?

Do you have a gun? Do you need a gun?

Tom Egelhoff
3 min readSep 18, 2022


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Guns are once again prominent in the news. You'll always find school shootings above the fold.

Who needs a gun and who doesn't is the big question. Let's dismiss the most apparent — hunters, sports shooters, police, and military and drill down to Mr. and Mrs. Six Pack.

While I live where gun ownership is almost required to be a true Montanan, not everyone in Montana embraces gun ownership.

Who Needs a Gun?

In Montana, it's legal to carry a gun anywhere openly, so it's not uncommon to see someone in Walmart with a gun on their hip.

But some citizens need a concealed carry permit for their type of work. For example, if you carry sums of money, that might make you an attractive target.

I've also been a big believer that where you live might have a bearing on gun ownership.

Gallatin County is larger than the states of Rhode Island or Delaware, which means that the time for law enforcement to reach you in case of a home invasion might be a justifiable reason to be armed for home protection.

Who Doesn't Need A Gun?

Children, obviously, but I have no problem with fathers and sons doing some productive hunting together.

In some cases, convicted felons are not allowed to own a gun but can have their rights restored.

People not trained to use a gun correctly should not have one.

And the real biggie is those diagnosed with suicidal tendencies or mental issues that would pose a danger to themselves or others.

If you have an aversion to guns or fear of guns, then you might want to consider taking some safety courses or other self-defense options.

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Tom Egelhoff

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