There was a couple who were purchasing what's called a "Chipmunk" twenty-two for their kids. A young couple, he must have been a police officer of some sort. He had a concealed handgun license and was helping his wife purchase a handgun. Because he wanted her to have protection when out hiking the mountain trails. He knew his guns and the damage they could do. Next I listened into a couple, he was my age she probably ten years younger. They were purchasing her a small handgun, but this was for her to target practice with him. Another man, bought a 357 semi-automatic rifle that looked like a sniper rifle. And older couple browsed the gun case speculating on what handgun the wife was interested in getting. She passed over the larger pistols that look like the old time revolvers and pointed to a small pink handled handgun.
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The small encounter showed me that everyone has their preference for the type of weapon they would use should they feel threatened. Would that same weapon appeal to them if they plotted to murder someone? Would they use what everyone close to them knew was their preferred weapon or would they think it through and use something the complete opposite of what they would normally shoot?
My writer brain started thinking, would someone who liked to shoot a rifle, perhaps secretly learn to shoot a bow and arrow and use that? If someone was proficient with a gun would they choose to stage an accident rather than shoot the person they wanted dead? How would one decide the method of a premeditated murder?
Then you have the spontaneous murderer. The person who flies into a rage, gets violent, and discovers they've killed the person they were arguing.fighting with. Their victims could be physically beaten up, strangled, bludgeoned with an object, stabbed, or shot with whatever weapon was handy. To set a scene up with a spontaneous murder you would need to have your setting well flushed out and the behaviors and relationships between the victim and murderer.
Which do you think would be easier to set up and write? The premeditated murder or the spontaneous?