Do you Keep a Gun in the Home?

Saturday, August 11th, 2012 by from Mom, Myself, & I

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The world is a violent place.  There are reminders every day when you watch the evening news, that no matter how safe you feel you are in your neighborhood, home, school – or even during an evening out to the movies – violent things CAN occur. 

The first thing to realize is that your ACTUAL statistical chances of being victimized by a violent crime are actually very low.  In fact, in recent years, according to the FBI, violent crime has dropped by 70% compared to just a few short years ago.  Your actual chances of something horrific happening to YOU are very, very low and depend mostly upon your age, gender, and lifestyle habits. 

Still, the issue of gun control is a heated one.  For the average, and LEGAL gun toter – obtaining a license to purchase and/or carry firearms is a lengthy process.  After the Colorado shooting a few weeks ago, gun sales rose by as much as 59% according to FBI statistics, indicating that the average American is becoming frightened to the point of feeling that owning a gun of their own is necessary

For many parents of young children, the sheer idea of having a gun in the home with children around fills them great fear.  And for other parents, the idea of NOT owning a gun should something happen in their own home is even more frightening. 

My family does keep guns in the home.  My teenage daughters know how to shoot.  I grew up with a gun in my home (my dad was a cop) and I have a healthy respect for their usage and power.  My husband and I have been very plain – EXTREMELY FORTHCOMING – about the rules surrounding our firearms. 

They are put up, and the kids DO NOT know where they are.  Since I am a stay at home parent, my children are NOT home unless I am present – so I feel pretty secure in keeping the firearms out of their hands. 

But we also live in a very rural area.  Sure, crime is at a minimum.  But I am also 15 minutes away from the nearest police station, and live on a road where I see a police car about twice a year.  If something happens at my house, I realize that having a gun to protect myself and my children buys me time, and could potentially make a life or death difference. 

I am personally an advocate for the right to bear arms.  Today, most guns are illegally in the hands of people who do not have good intentions.  I feel having a gun in my home evens up the odds should a criminal try to wander through my window in the middle of the night. 

The choice of course is personal.  And, if you do choose to arm your home then great care must be taken to ensure that the firearm is in a safe place.  Children need to be educated and should never be simply trusted to "NOT TOUCH THE GUN!"  Research has shown that despite kids being educated, their curiosity WILL get the better of them when it comes to guns.  Kids do not have the mental ability to see around corners, and in NO WAY are able to fathom consequences or see the potential for danger. So, if you keep guns – keep them safely. 

We’d like to hear from YOU?  Do you keep a gun in your home as a means of protection, or do you feel that doing so is only asking for trouble? 

What do you think? Do you Keep a Gun in the Home?

Stef DanielAuthor

Stef Daniel is the 40ish year old, experienced (meaning crazy already) mother of count ‘em…4 daughters (yes, she takes prayers) who have taught her nearly E.V.E.R.Y.T.H.I.N.G she needs to know about raising kids and staying sane. She hails from a small town in Georgia where she lives with her family in a red tin roofed house (w ... More

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  1. Avatar of Dj Dj says:

    I do not find having a gun is a big problem. I have a child under a year old and she will know about guns when she is a little bigger. If you educate them right there should be no guess work. This is why the gun is here. This is not a toy. This is how to use it. I fill it is important that if you are going to keep a fire arm in the house and you have a child don’t cause curiosity. When they are old enough take them to the range teach them about the power and force behind the gun. Don’t hide it so its that shiny apple that your not suppose to have but one you can’t resist. Make it apart of your everyday. Also talk to your children, see how they fill about the gun. One more thing, if you do t want a gun no one told you to buy one, but don’t take the right from those that wanted to have one. We didn’t tell you don’t tell us.

  2. Avatar of popseal popseal says:

    I’ve taught firearms safety for a while and naturally, safety is first. When kids are about, the parents are on a spot to have a safely armed home. Out of reach and out of mind is important for the small ones and safety training for the older ones can’t be too seriously done. Sandy Hook is a lesson in denial about children’s mental condition. If there’s doubt, I’d keep the guns out, of the house.

  3. Avatar of skitzeeskotz skitzeeskotz says:

    I most certainly keep guns at home. There is hardly a day goes by when there is not some story on the news about somebody being bashed by druggies or crazy gangs. So here is a tip for all you weirdo anti-gun fools. I would rather the aggressor be DEAD than myself dead OR being bashed thereby ending up a vegetable for the rest of my life. I have no compunction about shooting an invader in my home. As far as I am concerned, the invader lost all rights the moment he set foot inside my walls. I will not be taking the time to ask him to stop so I can ask him what his intent is so I can decide on the level of force required to stop him. It is an undeniable FACT: Would be home invader’s greatest fear is an armed occupant and the more the get shot at when doing the crime, the less crime you will see. Word gets around and the criminals get very nervous. FACT.

  4. Avatar of hunterbillg hunterbillg says:

    Yes, I keep loaded guns in my home. My grandparents, whose household I grew up in, always had guns. I can remember hearing my Granny tell her son-in-law, that she would shoot any home intruder, without hesitation. My sons and wife have been trained in safe gun handling practices and now possess their own firearms. On any given day, outside of warfare, cars kill more people than guns.

  5. Avatar of Lou Lou says:

    As the father who lost his son to a moron shooting a hi-powered hunting rifle from one apartment to another, I remain a life member of the NRA, a concealed carry license holder, and the owner of NFA weapons. My guns are locked in a gun safe where I am the only one who can access them. I make it a point to educate kids that guns are tools, not toys.

  6. Avatar of Ivan Ivan says:

    I was raised around guns all my at-home life. Dad hunted, Mom shot them, and we kids all learned to leave them alone or get our hind ends whacked. As we got old enough to understand gun safety, projectile damage, and consequences of poor target choices Dad taught us how to shoot and handle firearms safely and responsibly. None of his guns were locked, all were loaded and we knew it. He did not have a gun safe or cabinet, so the long guns stood in corners of the kitchen, living room and his and Mom’s bedroom. Pistols were in a drawer in the desk or dresser. None of us kids played with them or shot anybody. The key element to our training was real (not imagined) fear of severe punishment and the absolute certainty that dad meant what he said about playing with his guns. I have guns in my house, my children have all learned to shoot and I have instilled in them the same values my Dad taught me. Guns don’t kill people, people do. Guns are a tool to be used and when used properly, they are just like any other tool. Proper training, personal responsibility, correct safety practices, and a constant situational awareness will keep accidents from happening and everybody goes home after target practice.

  7. Avatar of Ivan Ivan says:

    I was raised around guns all my at-home life. Dad hunted, Mom shot them, and we kids all learned to leave them alone or get our hind ends whacked. As we got old enough to understand gun safety, projectile damage, and consequences of poor target choices Dad taught us how to shoot and handle firearms safely and responsibly. None of his guns were locked, all were loaded and we knew it. He did not have a gun safe or cabinet, so the long guns stood in corners of the kitchen, living room and his and Mom’s bedroom. Pistols were in a drawer in the desk or dresser. None of us kids played with them or shot anybody. The key element to our training was real (not imagined) fear of severe punishment and the absolute certainty that dad meant what he said about playing with his guns. I have guns in my house, my children have all learned to shoot and I have instilled in them the same values my Dad taught me. Guns don’t kill people, people do. Guns are a tool to be used and when used properly, they are just like any other tool. Proper training, personal responsibility, correct safety practices, and a constant situational awareness will keep accidents from happening and everybody goes home after target practice.

  8. Avatar of BabyMarlon BabyMarlon says:

    IT already happen to me :,( My son accidently shot his best friend and he died 20 min later. People please keeps guns out of reach of anyone!! I am going thru hell right now, and so are the childs parents

  9. Avatar of Lady Lady says:

    As long as you teach your children that guns are not toys and to be responsible with them, I think you can own a gun. I have both a shot gun and a hand gun, they are not put up, because my children know they aren’t toys, they know proper gun safety and they know anytime they want to shoot I’ll let them (my youngest is four). I’m all for guns!

  10. BTW, when my son is older, his dad will show him how to properly handle and shoot firearms in a safe manner.

  11. I grew up around guns so I’ve never had an issue with my fiance having them. He has several and we currently keep a Glock on the counter. Once our son is born, of course, it will be put elsewhere and the shooting room will have a lock on it that he’s unable to reach. We moved to Nebraska partially because it is a concealed carry state and we both plan on getting our CCWs in the next 1-2 years. I have no problem carrying, especially since we live within 20 minutes of Omaha, and I will do whatever is necessary to protect myself and my son, should the need arise.

  12. Avatar of eyerisheyez eyerisheyez says:

    Huh, well if we’re just going by statistics, then not only am I going to sell my guns and gun safe, I’m getting rid of life insurance, homeowners insurance. I’m not going to lock my doors and will leave my keys in my car. Whew I feel better already.

  13. Avatar of tabbathalyn tabbathalyn says:

    After all that typing, on my tablet, it went away. Sigh.
    Sign up for a class. I took a concealed weapons class and if was the best thing I have ever done. I believe that they even have beginner classes that walk you through all of the basic steps. When you purchase a firearm, talk to an older gentleman behind the counter, they seem to be the most willing to spend the extra time, even help you take it apart and learn to clean it. Revolvers are easier to maintain, but hold fewer rounds.
    I purchased my first pistol after my ex-husband and I separated. My 4 (at the time) year old daughter and I had just purchased a condo and were living alone. I had a stalker incident. Police respond time was not great. I had to be able to keep us safe. I purchased a .38 Smith and Wesson J frame (small), a small safe, and a small cleaning kit.
    My daughter is now 13 and she goes target practicing with my husband and I. Having her snoot at watermelons or other messy targets really drove home how dangerous and effective firearms can be. I a.lo made her read safety articles and pamphlets, and give occational tests. Guns that are not on our person or in use are locked up, except for the one that sits in the open save (my original safe) while we are in bed.
    I am 15 weeks pregnant and PLAN to use the same techniques with this one. Good luck! Let me know if I can be of assistance.

  14. I have a pistol permit. I am 41 yrs old and got my permit when I was 21. I have a pistol and have had the same pistol for 20 yrs. I have three children, two sons aged 17, 19 yrs and one daughter, aged 9 months. I keep my gun in a safe place, with the magazine in, but not one in the chamber. Just the way I like to do it. When my boys got to a certain age, I stopped carrying my gun in my purse and put it away for awhile. I carry it again, and will probably put it away again for awhile until my next child(children)get older. I feel much safer being able to carry my gun and love my right to do so. If they take away our rights as responsible gun owners then it is my belief that only the bad guys will have them. They(police, government, ect) will never get them away from the bad guys. There will always be illegal gun sales. So teach your children to never touch them, and keep them put away so they can’t get to them. And when they get a certain age, have them take a hunter’s safety course. I think it’s good for them to learn how to handle a gun and how to shoot it. I feel pretty good if someones tries to rob me or something worse. I have a big dog(Rottweiler) and a gun. :)

  15. Avatar of Thinkpink3 Thinkpink3 says:

    Because I have two boys I would never keep a gun in my house. When I weigh the statistics it just isn’t worth the real risk. As parents you should know that out of 23 industrialized countries, 87% of children killed by guns happened right here in the USA. An average of 15,000 suicides happen annually using a gun and 82% of minors who commit suicide with a gun (mostly boys) used a family members gun that was left unlocked or the child knew the combination or had the key. As you stated, the chances of a violent crime happening to us is very, very low, if I am truly concerned I would purchase less lethal protections such as a solid security system, pepper spray or a stun gun.

  16. Avatar of stephen stephen says:

    Just remember " When seconds count, the Police are only minutes away"

  17. Avatar of Kay Kay says:

    If I had a gun.. Of course I would keep it in my house.. Where else would I put it..? In means of emergency I would be screwed if it weren’t in the house.. I would just keep it safe and secure, out of reach of my son.

  18. Avatar of amy wright amy wright says:

    I DOnt think you should keep guns in the house at all, and if u choose to keep them in your homw, you should keep them in gun safe, in a secluded area like down in a locked basement or office, where kids are off limits for example.

  19. Avatar of ErinF ErinF says:

    My husband is a gun enthusiast and uses them in his work, so we do have them in the house. When the kid arrives, all but his sidearm will be secured in a safe at all times. When they’re old enough, our kids will be taught extensively in firearm safety.

  20. we don’t have any firearms in our home, but i do believe in people having the right to protect themselves. like anything associated with children, adults have to careful and responsible- but they ultimately have to take care & guard their family in the manner that suites them

  21. Avatar of Jessica Jessica says:

    We have a gun but it’s a very old, very expensive and very collectable shot gun. We never keep any ammo in the house, we have numerous detailed plans we go over every week to make sure we are prepared for something.

  22. Avatar of Melissa Melissa says:

    Yes, another concealed weapon Mom. You rock!

  23. Avatar of Melissa Melissa says:

    We own several. Well several is an understatement. The ones that are not carried on our hip on a daily basis have a trigger lock and are put away in a giant locked, combination safe. The ones we do carry have a 9 lb trigger pull so even if it’s dropped it’s not going off. I got introduced to guns when I met my husband and couldn’t imagine a life where I wasn’t strapped. I don’t care what other moms think of me. I have it to protect my baby and myself. No one else can protect you but yourself. We don’t live in a bad area or do illegal things. I’m a stay at home mom. Unfortunitly, bad things happen everywhere; whether it’s a bad area or a rich area.

  24. Avatar of heps7 heps7 says:

    My husband has always had guns (he’s somewhat of a collector) but just recently I got one of my own after our house was broken into. Our house was broken into once before and it didn’t bother me as much as it did this time because now I have a small child to protect so I felt like I needed some kind of protection.

  25. Avatar of Mom2two12 Mom2two12 says:

    Yes I own a gun and my husband owns a few himself. I carry my gun in my purse and I do feel protected carrying it. I grew up with guns and learned as a small child to respect the gun and not to touch it unless I had my parents with me. I will teach the same with my children.

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