Zombie Cliche Lookout: Reluctant Gun Ownership
When you talk about zombies a lot, you end up talking about the various ways of killing zombies. A lot. It can get a little weird, but that’s the genre and you’ve got to roll with it. Much discussion is given to guns versus other weapons. Naturally, everything has it’s pros and cons. For guns, a big con is the intimidation factor. Using them effectively requires experience. Using them ineffectively is incredibly dangerous, far more dangerous than simply not having a weapon at all. Beyond that, many are simply not comfortable with them in general.
This is something that’s often used in zombie stories to push characters outside of their comfort zones and give them yet another thing to have to worry about. It’s a stress multiplier. Not only do they need to concern themselves with not getting eaten by zombies, keeping themselves and everyone else safe, ensuring that there are enough supplies to keep from starving, etc. Now they also have to worry about accidentally shooting themselves, or someone else.
About this Episode:
As many of you predicted last week, Sam does indeed take the gun. This is good for Sam, since he now has another option with which to defend himself with, but it presents a problem for me: what to do with the gun? It’s awfully hard for Sam to do anything when he has a weapon in each hand. Thus you’ll probably see the gun disappear in the next episode or two. I didn’t forget about it, I’m just pretending that Sam stuffed it in his pants or backpack to free up a hand.
Discussion Question: Another Gun Question
One thing I love about the readership of Bricks of the Dead is that we have people here from all over the world, which adds a lot of different perspectives to the discussion. I’m from the United States, where gun ownership is huge, but I know that’s not common in the rest of the world. So, for those of you who aren’t familiar or comfortable with guns, how would you react in Sam’s shoes? And, for those of you who are gun people, how might you re-assure someone like Sam?