What does Miss Maudie mean when she says, "I think Atticus put his gun down when he realized that God has given an unfair advantage over most living things"?

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Miss Maudie is referring to Atticus 's skill with a rifle. For many years, he's had a reputation as a crack shot, earning the nickname "Ol' One Shot." But because Atticus is such a modest man, he never told his children about it. However, Atticus is reluctantly forced to display...

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Miss Maudie is referring to Atticus's skill with a rifle. For many years, he's had a reputation as a crack shot, earning the nickname "Ol' One Shot." But because Atticus is such a modest man, he never told his children about it. However, Atticus is reluctantly forced to display his special skill when he's called upon to shoot dead the rabid dog Tim Johnson.

Miss Maudie is offering a theory as to why Atticus put his gun down all those years ago. She thinks that Atticus realized that being such a skilled marksman gave him a terrible power over living things, an unfair advantage over them. If he wanted to, he could kill just about anything. But he's chosen not to; he'll only get out his gun if he really must, as in the case of Tim Johnson.

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