In Chapter 23 of To Kill a Mockingbird, what had Atticus told Jem about having a gun around?

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In chapter 24 of "To Kill A Mockingbird," Jem is angry because Ewell had insulted Atticus and spit on him. 

Bob Ewell makes "crude and raving threats to Atticus, which Atticus receives with his usual grace and gentility."

Scout says that she wishes her dad would carry a gun.  Jem tells her that Atticus doesn't like guns and that he doesn't even own a gun.  He tells Scout that Atticus told him the only thing owning a gun did was to give people the idea of shooting you.  Atticus doesn't believe in solving problems through violence and he is trying to teach his children the same values.  When asked about the incident with Ewell Atticus' only reply was, "I wish Bob Ewell wouldn't chew tobacco."

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To Kill a Mockingbird

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