One of the most pressing issues we as adults face today is the safety of our children and grandchildren.
You could refuse to allow firearms in your house. Does this ensure your children and grandchildren are safe?
You can be one of the most responsible firearm owners in the country. Does this ensure your children and grandchildren are safe?
A Look from One Side the Issue.
A Look for the Other Side of the Issue
Today we seem to be divided into two camps. One camp says the only solution to firearm deaths is the elimination of all firearms. The other camp says that the solution is responsible firearm owners.
This has lead to two diametrically opposed ways of approving firearm safety.
Besides being unconstitutional, we have seen numerous attempts to legislate firearms out of existence fail. The responsibility for firearms safety falls on adults; those who own firearms and those that reject firearms.
Why is firearm safety important to you?
Let’s say you are in a camp that is opposed to firearms and won’t even allow on in your home. Your children are safe, right? How about when they are playing at a friend’s house?
Let’s say that you aren’t opposed to someone owning a firearm, but you just don’t have one. You just inherited a firearm that has been in your family for years. Do you know how to handle and store the firearm safely?
You grew up around firearms. Your children are growing up around firearms. They are safe, right.? That’s a question you need to be sure you have the answer to.
The bottom line is you never know when or where you or your children may encounter a firearm.
Here is a story from my personal life. Years ago I was the Cubmaster for a Cub Scout pack in southern Florida.
One day, I get a call from the principal of the local middle school. She said she wanted to talk to me about an incident related to a firearm that happened that day at the school.
I worry meter pegged. I did a firearms safety session of the pack at the start of each year. I thought one of my cubs had done something wrong. So I sheepishly asked what was wrong.
She told me that nothing was wrong and she wanted to thank me for doing the session with my cubs. It seems that one of my cubs had found a small pistol on the playground. Instead of picking up the pistol, he stood guard over it and sent one of the other children to find the school resource offer (that’s what we call the on-duty police officer here in Florida).
It is better to be safe than sorry. Was we can see from my story and the video above if we provide the proper safety education our children will be safer. That education does stop with our children. It extends to adults also. We need to educate ourselves and put that education into practice. No cutting corners.
Our foundation – 3 RULES FOR SAFE FIREARM HANDLING
ALWAYS KEEP THE FIREARM POINTED IN A SAFE DIRECTION
This could happen if you don’t
ALWAYS KEEP YOUR FINGER OFF THE TRIGGER UNTIL READY TO SHOOT
You are not ready until you are aiming at what you what to school!
ALWAYS KEEP THE FIREARM UNLOADED UNTIL READY TO USE
Even experienced people make mistakes.
FIREARM OWNER’S RESPONSIBILITIES
AMERICANS ENJOY A RIGHT THAT CITIZENS OF MANY OTHER COUNTRIES DO NOT—THE RIGHT TO OWN FIREARMS.
BUT WITH THIS RIGHT COME RESPONSIBILITIES.
IT IS THE FIREARM OWNER’S RESPONSIBILITY TO STORE, OPERATE AND MAINTAIN HIS OR HER FIREARMS SAFELY.
IT IS THE FIREARM OWNER’S RESPONSIBILITY TO ENSURE THAT UNAUTHORIZED OR UNTRAINED INDIVIDUALS CANNOT GAIN ACCESS TO HIS OR HER FIREARMS.
FIREARMS ARE NEITHER SAFE NOR UNSAFE BY THEMSELVES. WHEN FIREARM OWNERS LEARN AND PRACTICE RESPONSIBLE FIREARM OWNERSHIP, FIREARMS ARE SAFE.
While the firearm owner bears the largest burden for firearm safety, it doesn’t end with them. Every adult has the responsibility to observe the rules of firearm safety and ensuring that others also follow those rules. one person’s ego isn’t worth the life of a child. Insisting if we only banned firearms there would be no more deaths does return the life of the child.
As we can see from the text above, storage and limiting access are key elements of firearm safety. Let’s take a look at some of the options.
There are as many types of firearm locks as there are manufactures. One of the most common types is the cable lock because by law every new firearm sale must provide one. They are designed to make the firearm safe by expanding through the firing mechanism.
Below is a loop-style cable lock that is available on Amazon for a reasonable price.
Trigger Guard lock
Another type of firearm lock is designed to restrict access to the trigger by clamping over the trigger guard. These locks also come in both key and combination locks.
Below is a trigger guard lock that is available on Amazon for a reasonable price.
While firearms locks are designed to render the firearm inoperable while the lock is attached, the firearm safe is designed to restrict access to the firearm. They are more expensive, but in addition to providing for firearm safety, they also guard against theft.
Lock Box Safes
On the low-end are simple lockbox-type safes like the one below.
These safes come with either key or combination blocks.
These provide firearm safety by restricting access to the firearm. They typically come with a cable to secure the safe. However, because of their construction, they only provide limited protection from theft. They are most commonly used in a vehicle to secure a firearm while traveling. For example, if you want to go into a restaurant. Although, those of us who conceal carry, prefer to keep the firearm on our person.
Single Pistol Safes
Moving up the scale we have the single pistol safe like those below. The increase in price is due to their stronger construction and more advanced locking mechanism. These particular safes have a biometer fingerprint-activated lock. This allows for quicker access in stressful situations.
The safe above is most similar to the lock-box style because it comes with a cable to secure the safe while traveling. I can also be mounted to a surface for security.
The safe above is a Slim Vertical Design stores great under a desk or nightstand, discreetly on a bookshelf, or inconspicuously in a vehicle. For added convenience, mountable from right, left, or top side, depending on desired preference.
In the midrange, we find safes that hold multiple pistols or rifles.
The safe above is typical of the mid-range safes available.
If you are in the market for a high-end safe, I highly recommend Liberty Safes.
With a price tag starting at just over $600.00, they may seem expensive. However, they:
🇺🇸 Are Made in the USA
🔥 Protect your firearm for 30 Minutes at 1200º F
🛡️ Provide Level 1 Security
🔒 Have 10 Locking Bars
Cheap at twice the price when it comes to protecting your children and your $1,000.00 rifle.
That’s all folks.
I hope the information in this posting has been useful and educational. If we can save just one child, it was time well spent.
Your input and comments would be greatly appreciated.
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