The day after Obama's election, gun and ammunition sales in California surged by 300%. Many gun dealers report being out of stock due to the demand. Ironically, it is not the established gun owners who are making these purchases...it's first time gun owners. As a long time gun owner, I am alarmed at this activity. My wife and daughters wanted guns many years ago and were surprised when I suggested that they should NOT own guns. When asked why, I explained that anyone can own weapons and fire them accurately into silhouette targets at a firing range, but it is entirely another mental/emotional process to kill a human being in self defense. It requires judgment and resolve that can not be acquired at any shooting range. Then, I proved my point... I handed my wife a spray bottle of water with the nozzle stopped down so it would emit a narrow stream over a long distance. I told her to stand on the far side of the kitchen and I would come at her as an assailant. She was to decide when I had crossed some invisible barrier of safety and "fire" at me with the squirt bottle when she felt she needed to. To add realism, I stepped outside the back door and entered slowly, peeking into the kitchen like any burglar. My wife immediately aimed the bottle at me and ordered me to "Get out." Of course, I ignored her and continued inching forward...slowly...while promising her I would not harm her. She backed up and repeated her command more forcefully. By now, I was half way across the kitchen with both empty hands held up in front of me in a gesture of "I won't hurt you. I just want some money." When she backed into the wall, her tone changed. Our little "game" had begun to frighten her. With fear in her voice, she issued her "last" warning. I lunged at her....careful to take only one long step forward! She reacted exactly the way an inexperienced and untrained person does with a gun...she lifted the weapon to eye level, extended her arms out and pulled the trigger. The water stream passed to my right because after my one long step I zigged hard to my left with my second long step. I KNEW what she would do (just as most criminals know such things) and the delay in her action when she lifted the weapon, gave me the instant I needed to get out of her line of fire and close the distance to the weapon. I was not concerned about the person...only the weapon in front of her. Before she could track me and fire again, I was close enough to slap her weapon hand to the side and in the next instant I removed the "gun" from her hand and shot her in the face with water. The frightening realism made her cry. Of course, I held her in my arms and gently explained that I would be happy to buy her a gun, but not until she took a gun safety class that included ample training in WHEN and HOW to use such a weapon against a serious threat. Most gun safety classes do not cover such training. I also pointed out that I am an old fat man. A younger assailant or one on drugs might be much faster. I repeated this "test" independently with all three of my daughters. The result was the same each time. They waited too long before deciding that lethal force had become necessary and then their execution in defending themselves with a gun was inefficient and hesitant. This is why many people end up victims of their own weapons. I am a strong proponent of the right to bear arms, but we provide better training to 16 year old kids for driving a car than we do to novice gun owners.