Thinking About Gun Safety

Guns and and gun violence has been and will continue to be a major news story as we turn the calendar to 2013.  However, gun safety is often an issue that often gets overlooked. If you are going to have a gun or guns in your home, then it should be stored in a gun safe or mini-vault, you should have a trigger lock for your gun, ammunition should be stored in a separate place, and you should keep the key in a safe place where no one can find it but you!

In today's world, guns and gun violence can be seen virtually every minute of every day on TV, in the movies, and on video games. So it is our role as parents and guardians of our children that we educate and inform our children about gun safety. But when do we start?

Experts tell us that when a child is first aware that guns exist is the time for the education process to begin. None of us would ever let our small kids play on a busy street. But many of us, especially those of us who have guns in our homes, wait until it is way too late to talk to our kids about gun safety. Is there anything more inquisitive than a child? Thinking back to when we were kids ourselves, what is one of the absolutely first things we did when we were left alone? We started to explore! Honestly now, didn’t you know where more things were in your house than your parents did? Weren’t they always asking you where something was? Well, not much has changed in the meantime!

  • If you have a gun stored in a dresser drawer…get a gun safe!
  • If you have a gun hidden under your pillow…get a gun safe!
  • If you have a gun sitting on top of the refrigerator…get a gun safe!

The recent news has taught us several very important lessons:

  • Guns and alcohol do not mix.
  • Guns and depression do not mix.
  • Guns and domestic altercations do not mix.
  • Guns and children do not mix.
  • And finally…and most importantly…you do not get a second chance to do the right thing!

You have a chance to do the right thing today! If you don’t have one, get a gun safe or mini-vault. If a close friend, relative or neighbor you know has a gun, these also make excellent gifts and show that you care. Don’t let someone you love become a statistic…secure your gun today!

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