My Friend: Do you think I should get a gun?
Me: No, you shouldn’t. You are too emotional to own a gun. I don’t want to see you shoot somebody and become a part of Central Jersey news. “Tragedy in Asian community.” I can almost see the headline.
My Friend: There are a lot of violence against Asians, ever since the pandemic started. We have to defend ourselves. Don’t you watch the news?
Me: Last week I read the news that there’s a 15% increase on women’s suicide in Japan. I’ve given up on news ever since. Too depressing.
My friend: I did some research and I think the handguns from Glock 19 to 43 are all suitable for women.
Me: Look, I really don’t think this is a good idea. You have a complicated relationship with your mother-in-law who’s living with you and your husband and your son right now. Just last month, a pot of soup was poured and several ceramic bowls were smashed. What if during a heated argument…
My friend: You are right. I have to make sure I hide the gun well so that my mother-in-law won’t be able to use it against me if an argument goes out of hand.
Me: You are just as emotional as your mother-in-law. What if you pull the trigger?
My friend: I won’t. I don’t think I want to get myself into trouble for her sake.
Me: What if you get emotional and use the gun on yourself?
My friend: Never. If I commit suicide, I will be presenting my husband to my mother-in-law. That’s like saying to her, “he is all yours.” I won’t give her the satisfaction.
Me: How about buy a bullet proof vest? I think that’s a better idea than buying a gun?
My friend: Don’t you see how ugly those vests are? I thought you like those “Law & Order” shows. Anyway, let’s go to a gun show together. There’s a gun show boom in this area since there are many Asians here who want to buy guns.
Me: Unbelievable. This is exploring our fear to boost their gun business. Can’t believe this.
My friend: You are hopeless. I’m going to talk to people who are more agreeable. Bye.