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Chekhov’s Gun Registration

It’s the most important rule of dramatic storytelling: before a gun is left
resting on the mantelpiece, or hanging on a wall or other inconspicuous
location at the start of the story, it must be properly registered, the characters having undergone thorough background checks before
obtaining such plot devices      and thereby        ensuring
the satisfactory resolution       of the story.        For while
it is true that the gun must       always go              off, it
must also do so with a                                           purpose, a
reason that enhances the story and ultimately delivers
some form of catharsis in
the form of a well-aimed
and well-regulated bullet.