SandyHookBookThe other day I got a call from an old friend from college. I’d heard from him only a few times in the past thirty years, so I was a bit surprised. I was taken aback by his short and to the point email. It simply said: “Hi Skip, what is the best gun for self-defense?”

I had to think about that, because I had no idea why he was asking. I told him there was no single “best gun” for self defense, and then I took him and his ten-year-old son to the gun range. I didn’t ask him point blank why this sudden interest in guns at age fifty-something. He was a city dweller, successful business executive, husband and father of two.

The full version of this column is now only available in Doug Giles’ book, “Sandy Hook Massacre: When Seconds Count, The Police Are Minutes Away”.