Actually, guns have changed since the early 2000’s. It used to be this huge metal gun that you pull back the needle and let go, puncturing your ear. But now it’s completely changed. I should know, I got my first wholes peirced when I was 4 with the old gun. I was terrified to get my seconds and thirds. But then I went to Claire’s and found out it’s completely changed. It’s literally like a whole puncher for scrapbooking. It barley hurts and uses the earring itself to pierce your ear. It’s completely safe and more affordable. A needle is great and all, but it takes longer and you don’t get a ‘real’ earring for the 5-6 weeks you have to wait for it to heal. I now have 7 piercings, all done by gun, and they’re perfectly fine. All in all, guns have changed drastically over the years and are now one of the safest and painless ways to get your ears pierced.