I was watching an old episode of Doogie Howser from 1993, the height of crime levels in the US. In it, Doogie and his friend Vinnie experience a hot robbery (robbery when you're home) and he gets convinced to get a gun. Now remember, this is based in LA. Anyway, it starts out good. He gets good, realistic advice from the instructor, uses proper safety, etc. He then delves into a 'Rambo-esque' fantasy giving him an adrenaline rush and a smile. That all changes though when he actually starts shooting and starts having 'flashbacks' from the hospital. Watch the clip.
This is very close to the EIC recommendation:
Try emphasizing the fact that introducing a gun into an argument lethalizes anger: What could have been resolved with just harsh words, or even cuts and bruises, may end up with a death. Guns don't allow for cooling off or reconciling once the momentary or situational anger subsides.After he leaves, he attends a victims course where they follow the EIC to the letter (screaming in this case):
Consider having characters successfully use alternatives to guns for self-defense, such as pepper spray or mace.With groups like this encouraging their own version of society while at the same time the media panders to the lowest common denominator for their ratings, it's no wonder we're in the mess we're in today.