Contrary to the argument that guns are an invaluable asset for home protection, they are in fact virtually useless. Proper weapon maintenance requires that the gun be “safe-kept” after use. That means the weapon should be checked to be sure it is unloaded and then securely “locked down.”
Locking down the weapon requires that it be secured, preferably under lock and key. Having checked the weapon to be sure it is unloaded, the ammunition should then be safe-kept in another locked location. This prevents an unauthorized user, whether a child, intoxicated individual, impulsive personality type or criminal, from creating mayhem while blasting away with the “home protection device.”
This is the dilemma we've discussed many times before. How can one keep his weapons accessible without endangering himself and the family?
So, if a loaded gun on the nightstand is not the answer, what is?
So what happens when one hears window glass breaking as an intruder attempts to enter? If the firearm is safely secured, there won’t be enough time to confront a criminal with your weapon. A burglar is not going to wait while you unlock the gun and go to another location to load up with bullets. But to do otherwise, that is, ignore safe weapon handling practices and keep the gun on the nightstand fully loaded, only invites disaster.
While disaster from a burglary, or other violent crime, may strike once in a lifetime, the unsafe handling of a weapon invites disaster 365 days per year.
Lock the gun away, leave some lights on at night, secure all doors, get an inexpensive alarm system, give an orphaned dog a home, replace the weapon on the nightstand with a phone programmed with 911 or keep a long club under the bed.
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