Protect your family while protecting your guns.
As a child I never found it strange that there were rifles under my bed. I wasn’t bothered in the least bit by the gun standing in the corner of my closet. The educating and safety started early in our family. “Guns don’t kill, people do” my father would say.At age 6 I began shooting with my father. Fortunately I was learning the skills which would help keep me alive in my teens on numerous occasions. After my parents divorced, my mother and I relocated from Mississippi to Michigan. Several years would pass before I had an opportunity to shoot again as an adult. As a teenager in the city of Flint, Michigan in the late 90s, knowing about gun safety helped me avoid potential disaster. Every kid has a desire to show off from time to time but guns should never be on that list, especially with no adult supervision. On a few occasions I can recall leaving abruptly from friends houses that wanted to show their fathers gun. The chuckle from them as they realize just how serious I was about leaving immediately if he were to handle any guns.
Unintentional Deaths and Injuries
“In 2010, unintentional firearm injuries caused the deaths of 606 people.
From 2005–2010, almost 3,800 people in the U.S. died from unintentional shootings. Over 1,300 victims of unintentional shootings for the period 2005 — 2010 were under 25 years of age.People of all age groups are significantly more likely to die from unintentional firearm injuries when they live in states with more guns, relative to states with fewer guns. On average, states with the highest gun levels had nine times the rate of unintentional firearms deaths compared to states with the lowest gun levels.
A federal government study of unintentional shootings found that 8% of such shooting deaths resulted from shots fired by children under the age of six.
The U.S. General Accounting Office has estimated that 31% of unintentional deaths caused by firearms might be prevented by the addition of two devices: a child-proof safety lock (8%) and a loading indicator.”
Now with my own home and family to protect, I am careful not to take child curiosity for granted. The most important thing besides owning a firearm for protection is the protection of your family from those same firearms by means of safe keeping and training. We have a responsibility as gun owners to invest thoughtfully on the safe keeping and storage of our firearms. Gunlocks safes and concealment furniture are all great options. Some new biometric scanners make for excellent bedside storage. The old timers have informed me that the handgun is what you use until you can get to the rifles. I took this to mean a greater arsenal must be on hand behind the door of a safe. It truly puts me at most ease to know the curious hands and eyes of my son cannot get into it. Most recently I’ve even discovered concealment furniture. This furniture is invented for the purpose of ensuring the gun owner is no more than a preferred amount of steps from a firearm in any room. The added expense of taking any of these precautionary measures is well worth the investment. The added bonus of a place to store money or any other valuable items to prevent theft in the case of a break in.