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  •  I have a very good friend whose husband (14+ / 0-)

    thought I was outrageous to suggest that he periodically confirm that his hunting rifle, shotgun, and handgun are still in his basement.  And gun safes are too expensive.  They have two young grandchildren who spend the night every week.  End of thought.

    Cats are better than therapy, and I'm a therapist.

    by Smoh on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 11:26:36 AM PST

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    •  My sister and brother-in-law... (12+ / 0-)

      have a very inquisitive 10 years old son.  They have an adequate gun safe as well.  

      However, last year I opened up their coat closet to find a rifle case off to the side.  The case and closet were both unlocked, and inside the case was an old Sprinfield .22, with a box of 50 .22 longs inside as well.

      I ripped him a new asshole for that one.  Just pure stupidity on his part.

      Nothing worth noting at the moment.

      by Bonsai66 on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 11:46:29 AM PST

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    •  Kids visiting friends homes takes on a new worry (5+ / 0-)
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      What is the gun security situation in that home.
      Can you rely on the security that gun owner describes?
      What is the actual  gun storage situation?

      If cats could blog, they wouldn't

      by crystal eyes on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 11:55:22 AM PST

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      •  If my kids ages 7 and 9 are going over (0+ / 0-)

        you don't need to do anything.

        I don't know where you keep your guns, or if you have a handgun lying on the counter or a shotgun behind the door. One thing I do know is my kids won't mess with your guns, because they know guns aren't kidding. Likewise they aren't going to be messing with your stuff. They won't touch any money or wallets, they won't bother the cat or turn on any machines or electronics or appliances without asking you.

        How big is your personal carbon footprint?

        by ban nock on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 01:21:11 PM PST

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        •  Lucky you. What about the other kids? (0+ / 0-)

          Do you really know how your otherwise well trained darling boy would react in a dog pack of boys with a strong but, impulsive alpha?

          •  other kids I certainly can't speak for (0+ / 0-)

            mostly I blame the parents. Most kids are pretty good when you get down to it, and they aren't dumb, they get it. They know some things are for keeps, they know life is fragile, they know horrible things happen. They want to do the right thing.

            My son ran out into the kitchen of the place we were visiting and told my wife the biggest kid had found a gun and was looking for the bullets. My wife told the owner of the house who immediately put things away.

            Everyone except me and my wife were mad at the big kid. He didn't know, he isn't a bad kid, he didn't know about guns.

            My son is very timid and shy, he knows how to do the right thing. Angel no, but I prepare him for the world the best I can.

            How big is your personal carbon footprint?

            by ban nock on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 06:35:49 PM PST

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            •  Good luck with your son. You are great parents. (1+ / 0-)
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              My kid is not timid or shy.  He is impulsive and unfortunately a follower.  I keep trying.  Even though I am an Atheist, I attend church with the boy so he can learn the culture.  There are also good kids at the church.  The trick is to find a moderate spiritual home that can accept Mom passing up the Eucharist.

    •  If gun safes are too expensive then get (3+ / 0-)
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      rid of the guns.  I don't have guns but a 14 Gun Capacity safe at tractor supply here in CT costs $149.99.  That seems like a good price to me.

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