Good Lord, you people.
12 hours after I put up a request to help me purchase a sidearm, and I've already gotten $100 in donations. That's 1/5 of my goal in half a day! I am befuddled and astounded. And flattered. And honored.
For those kind souls who have donated: THANK YOU! Let me know if you wish to be acknowledged publicly or anonymously. If you choose public, I will still keep the dollar amount of your contribution anonymous.
UPDATE: The ChipIn widget seems to be broken. Therefore, I've removed it.