Michael_CollinsQ. With all the public shootings and gun violence lately, I’m concerned that I may be at extreme risk of becoming a victim of that violence. I want to do something to prevent that possibility, perhaps even purchase a gun for self protection, but I’m unsure if I should go forward with that idea.

I’m quadriplegic at the C5 level and am often alone in my home. I live in Southern California, where there has been much publicity about violent crime lately. The worst was the police officer who killed several people, captured and released hostages, and was later shot only a few miles from my home. During that manhunt our neighborhood was locked down for several hours, which m