Gun safety in the home begins with the owner

20 Jun

Gun safety in the home wasn’t on my agenda to discuss but this topic seems to be everywhere in the news, posts, schools, TV…so I wanted to express my opinion.  I realize that everyone feels differently so please feel free to [respectfully] state your opinions in the comments below.  Together, we can protect our rights and our children.

mom protecting baby with gun

Our family enjoys the gun ranges.  Just Plane Dad was prior military and can shoot better than Wyatt Earp.  Me, not so much, and most of the time the noise and power of the gun still scares me, but I like the feeling of empowerment that I get when I’ve learned to handle the gun appropriately.  It’s very important to our family that this hobby is done precisely and accurately and with the huge understanding of responsibility and gun safety that it must have.  I understand fully the damage that a weapon can do.

I have heard so much talk lately about removing our “right to bear arms” and placing a multitude of restrictions on the arms I choose to bear.  I don’t recall so many restrictions on the original amendment in the Constitution.  As a mater of fact, it clearly states that as long as I’m using the gun lawfully, it’s deemed acceptable.  This brings me to my major issue with the politicians and naysayers that want to change and remove these rights. 

THE PEOPLE THAT ARE DOING HEINOUS CRIMES AREN’T USING THEM LAWFULLY.  So in essence, government wants to place more limits on me, the everyday legal gun-toting mom blogger that would never think of killing someone for fun.  Now the zombie targets at the end of the range, that’s a different story, but beautiful club goers and teachers and students…hell no. 

I don’t understand how making it harder for me to have a gun and than placing limitations on the type of gun I’d like to use can keep the world safer.  I don’t have ill intentions.  The evil idiots that are hurting our children don’t follow the rules and could care less what the laws say…so we’re not safer by making it harder for law-abiding citizens to possess weapons.  Prosecute those that get weapons to harm.  Enforce more rules on them. 

Now, while I believe that I should have a right to own any gun I choose legally, I am definitely for changing some rules for gun owners.  More rules to make it harder for would be criminals to steal my legal weapons and then use them.  Or for making the application process a bit more comprehensive.  Once I purchase a gun, there are very few rules and very little discussion on keeping it safely stored inside my home.  Nobody checks to ensure that I’ve locked it away tightly out of sight.  Nobody even asks about it. 

Why not have a law enforced that mandates the type of safe or locked drawer it must remain in?  Why not enforce a law that states how far from the gun cabinet the key should be kept?  Or that I need to prove mental competence on the application?  How about major fines or jail if my gun is found to be accessible to others in the home? I imagine many would think twice about leaving it out in the open if a hefty $5K fine was imposed for doing so.  I have earned the right to purchase and carry the weapon and with that right, should be the responsibility of ensuring it’s not taken from my home and used illegally. 

I also think it may be prudent for the vendors to ask more questions regarding who does actually live in the home where the gun will be kept.  If you live with children, a spouse or a family member with a history of psychiatric issues, then rules should be more stringent for keeping the gun at home.  How many horrible crimes that we’ve heard of lately, involve children taking their parents guns and then committing crimes? Many, unfortunately. 

Gun owners should not make it easy for their troubled family member to get to these weapons…especially if that person is trained in operating them.  Lock your guns up and don’t tell anyone where the key is located.  Rent a safe deposit box for the weapon that is kept under the watchful eye of a security guard.  Hide them and don’t take them out.  Keep it protected from theft.  Enjoy your collection in private on an appropriate gun range instead of bragging about it to friends. Again, as a typical hobbyist, I wouldn’t be opposed to answering these questions truthfully and abiding by them. 

Parents, I know this sounds harsh but as adults, we have a responsibility to keep our children and others safe.  Do so diligently.  Fight for your rights. Fight for change.

Government, make wiser decisions where weapons are concerned and honor the Rights our forefathers bestowed upon us.  Recognize and reward those citizens that uphold the law and don’t penalize them for your lack of control over the criminals.  

Hovering high and low, Helicopter Mom and Just Plane Dad

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