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What would you have done with the antique pistol?

Created: 06/02/22

Replies: 21

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davinamw

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What would you have done with the antique pistol?

If you had been Joey, what would you have done with the antique pistol?


Posted Jun. 02, 2022 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
paulak

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RE: What would you have done with the ...

Truly, I'm not sure. I'd like to think I would take a more above-the-board approach but sheer terror can make us take action we regret over time. As an aside, I did think the policy behavior toward Marshall was a bit extreme. I think I would have hid it in a more secure place until circumstances had more time to gel.


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ruthiea

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RE: What would you have done with the ...

I think I probably would have done something similar - I would not have wanted my family to suffer even more. I agree with paulak that the way the police behaved toward Marshall was beyond awful!


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gerrieb

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RE: What would you have done with the ...

Good question! As I read the part where Joey finds the gun, I was thinking “ get rid of it!,” 🤣 The part of me that cherishes family heirlooms and antiques wanted to keep it, but the part of me that was so afraid Marshall was being framed and wouldn’t be able to protect himself was so hoping Joey would take action to protect his dad. I agree with the above posts, the manner in which the police treated Marshall was appalling.


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janeh

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I like to think I would have done the right thing and turned it in, but have never been in a situation like he was. I can follow his thinking and totally understand why he
decided to get rid of it.


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lindac

Join Date: 06/13/11

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RE: What would you have done with the ...

It seemed like a damned if you do, damned if you don’t! given Joey's strong need to protect his dad, I tend to side with his actions to get rid of the gun. However, being a man of morals, it continued to haunt him after he did it.


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maryanneb

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RE: What would you have done with the ...

I definitely would have dumped the gun if I thought any member of my family was involved or had the potential to be framed. And although Joey was troubled by his decision, he also realized that he would be required to do his own investigative work as the police continued to focus on his father.


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RRO

Join Date: 07/18/11

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When Joey first dumped the gun, I was appalled and didn't think I would have done that. I would have wanted to see the ballistic results prior to getting rid of it, since it could also prove innocence as well as guilt. As time went on and I read more, he probably did the right thing for his family.


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Janet Smith

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RE: What would you have done with the ...

Agree that Joey wanted to protect his father hence the reason to dump the gun. Who would have guessed that there was another one like it. I believe he did the right thing.


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lindaj

Join Date: 03/18/14

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RE: What would you have done with the ...

I couldn't believe he threw it in the water! I certainly wouldn't have done that - I watch too many crime shows and weapons always turn up. I would have hidden it in a secure place until more time passed and see how the situation evolved.


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somanybooks...

Join Date: 04/02/17

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RE: What would you have done with the ...

The antique hand gun was a pivotal part of the story and Joey's dilemma of what to do with it. Being honest with the police often backfires with more questions. The interesting turn in the story was the "other"gun and the true story of the Hammond family.


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jdd

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I really did not want him to get rid of it - at the time I just felt that it was going to come back to haunt him. I felt the same way when Leela told Joey to erase the tape he had of his father telling his story.


Posted Jun. 06, 2022 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
kenanr

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I feel like the visceral response is to do what Joey did and get rid of it. My higher self says no that is wrong you have to keep it in case your father killed someone. But sometimes my higher self is a nut job, and my lizard brain is the one I have to listen to. You know when my dad with dementia might be implicated in a murder and stuff. I was actually surprisingly fine with his decision.


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debbiec

Join Date: 06/03/22

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RE: What would you have done with the ...

At first, I was shocked by what he did with the gun, but I supported his efforts to protect his family and I would have probably chosen to do the same thing or something similar.


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LindaMonaco

Join Date: 04/13/22

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I would probably have ditched the gun also. But if he had turned it in, ballistics would have indicated it wasn't the murder weapon. However, the police were not professional or even semi-enlightened. After the murderer is identified, they still want to locate the missing gun and threaten to take the issue to the DA.


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colleena

Join Date: 07/18/18

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RE: What would you have done with the ...

I probably would have wanted to get rid of it also to protect my family. But just like Joey, it would have haunted me. The fact that there was a second gun saved his worry about his father. The way the police questioned Marshall showed their lack of understanding about his disease. He was unable to give them any credible information.


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NCjeanne

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RE: What would you have done with the ...

I would have put it in our home safety vault, which previously belonged to a bank. Difficult for others to find, too heavy/bulky to move and 99% impossible to crack.


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kimk

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RE: What would you have done with the ...

I've thought about this one a bunch, and I'm not sure! At first I thought it was silly for him to move the gun. Certainly his father didn't have the wherewithal to commit the murder - it surprised me that either Joey or the police would think otherwise, even briefly. So when Joey first found the gun, I thought he was making a mistake to move it. But then, as the police seemed to focus on Marshall, I thought it was good that Joey dumped it. I was shocked that it turned up, and found myself wondering how it could possibly have gotten back to the police.


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paulagb

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RE: What would you have done with the ...

He did the absolute worst possible thing. Had he been caught he could have been prosecuted. His desire to protect his father made him make very poor decisions. I like to think that I would have just kept it and waited it out.


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kmillerarndt

Join Date: 03/03/21

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RE: What would you have done with the ...

My first inclination would be to drop it into the lake as Joey did. But I think I would have waited and buried it in the ground of one of the numerous construction sites that are all around my area. Or I might take it with me when I travel to my hometown and bury it in the woods I used to hike.


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reedr

Join Date: 02/26/22

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RE: What would you have done with the ...

Like others, I didn't agree with Joey's decision to drop the gun in the water, for obvious reasons, and especially with Bubba present, even with his back turned. When the gun is recovered, I believed Bubba might have been responsible for that. Like Joey and Leela's romance, I wasn't sold on the pair of guns thing. What a stroke of fortune, eh?


Posted Jul. 11, 2022 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
joanned

Join Date: 07/11/22

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RE: What would you have done with the ...

I think that keeping the gun would be the best option. The decision to drop it in the water was hasty and not well thought out. He was acting out of guilt for leaving the door unlocked. Very unlikely that Marshall could have planned the murder.


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