Armed Liberal at Winds of Change has good advice for wannabe new shooters: Think about it first.
I agree. A gun should not be an impulse buy. It is a deadly weapon that requires a proper mindset towards safety and training. Otherwise it can be as bit a threat to you as any burglar or terrorist.
Guns need to be stored properly so that strangers and especially children can't get to them easily. Firearms safety is something you learn and must practice. I know if I got to long between range visits the gun safety part of my brain gets a bit sluggish too.