Do you Keep a Gun in the Home?
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?