My thoughts on this topic haven't changed one bit since this topic was first started.
Over the last couple of years, I've offered to assist friends and acquaintances on selecting their first gun whenever they would bring the topic up. Many took me up on the offer at the time and are now glad they took the plunge.
But some put it off because there was always something sparkly or shiny that they had to run out and charge onto their credit card instead. At the time, I knew that in the back of their mind they thought they didn't need to spend the money on a gun and ammunition. They believed they could just show up at my door at any time and I'd be more than happy to give them anything they wanted.
There is a term for people who show up uninvited with the expectation of taking from you what they want.
They're called Looters...
My son-in-law and step-daughter daughter have three kids. They struggle with money only because of their income bracket, but they manage to get by because of their ability to make mature decisions. He bought a S&W M&P9 and a Mossberg 500 12 gage a couple of years ago. I talked to my step-daughter on the phone earlier in the week about ammo on hand. They maybe had some FMJ 9mm and a couple of 5 rd boxes of slugs. They are coming to visit grandpa tomorrow. They are leaving with 100 rds of 12 ga OO buck and 100 rds of 147 gr Ranger T series 9mm.
Last night we had some serious storms roll through with the possibility of tornados. With everything going on, it made me think about this topic.
If a close friend or family member were to have lost their gun and ammo due to a tornado, in the current environment, I'd do what I could to help them out by loaning them something, gun wise.
But if a person never felt the need to look to the personal safety of their family or themselves because they assumed I'd be the local armory? Not happening...