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I wrote a letter to the editor of my local newspaper.  I was at work and wrote it straight into their web form, and unfortunately didn't get to copy it before I hit submit because my break ran out, but here's the gist of it.

Lock up your guns.

No, not because the government and Obama are going to take them away.  (That just won't happen in America.)

Lock up your guns when you at at home, so that your children, your parents, your friends, and strangers can't get to them.

For hunting rifles and shotguns, you can get a beautiful display cabinet with safety glass and a lock and key.  You can access them and the ammunition any time you want to go hunting.  A gun cabinet is an heirloom quality piece of furniture and can be the centerpiece of your living room.  And it's a lot safer than keeping your rifle hung on a nail over the door.

For personal handguns, get a handgun safe.  You can get a wall mounted combination one with a keypad. Or even more secure, a biometric safe that uses your fingerprint to open in seconds, in the event that you need to grab your hand gun to protect yourself.  This is a lot safer than keeping it in the drawer of your night stand, or under the bed.  If you can grab them quickly, so can anyone else in the house.

Lock up your guns.

For your own safety and for the safety of others in your home.  Part of your personal responsibility as a law abiding gun owner is to ensure that people who shouldn't have access to your weapons can't get a hold of them.  Statistically, your gun is more likely to be used to shoot you or one of your family members than you are to shoot someone threatening you.  Locking up your gun so that only you can access it is the single best way to prevent any tragedies from happening to you -- or because of you.  No extra laws required.

Lock up your guns!

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  •  Tip Jar (10+ / 0-)

    The Cake is a lie. In Pie there is Truth. ~ Fordmandalay

    by catwho on Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 04:30:12 PM PST

  •  Yup. Parents take note! (5+ / 0-)

    Mine are in a safe in a corner of a closet in my room.  Only I know the combination.

    Knowing that I hunt, the parent of a friend of my kids once asked me sheepishly about how I stored my guns because her kid was spending time at our house.  She was almost embarrassed about asking.

    I told her, "...in a safe, in a corner, in a closet...".  I also assured her that she should not be sheepish about asking.  Even asking raises the expectation of responsibility.

    Parents,... ask.

    •  And you are (4+ / 0-)

      exactly the kind of gun owner I respect.  I wish more of you were out there!

      The Cake is a lie. In Pie there is Truth. ~ Fordmandalay

      by catwho on Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 05:10:46 PM PST

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      •  How do you know (4+ / 0-)

        There aren't?  Your question insinuates gun owners are irresponsible.

        •  Most gun owners are, of course, responsible (1+ / 0-)
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          I'm not insinuating that some are irresponsible - I'm stating it.  

          I'm not personally part of gun culture so I don't know how many are, or are not.  I do know that the tragedy of Sandy Hook was partially caused by an irresponsible gun owner - her guns were not locked and thus were accessible to her son.

          My mother and sister were both sharp shooters, and it was my mother who taught me the importance of gun storage.  She had an unloaded hand gun in her dresser drawer, and kept a loaded gun and all her bullets locked up in a safe.  Only she knew the combination - I don't even think my father did. My sister kept her rifles for JROTC at school until she turned eighteen, at which point she bought a gun cabinet for her first personal rifle.  With a lock.

          Too many tragedies in the media highlight the folks who don't properly store their guns and that's why day in, day out, we hear horror stories of family members who didn't own the weapons shooting themselves or others.

          The Cake is a lie. In Pie there is Truth. ~ Fordmandalay

          by catwho on Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 05:20:46 PM PST

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  •  I too lock my guns up. (1+ / 0-)
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    catwho

    Pistols also get a cable lock through the action.  I own then for target shooting.

    If you purchase a small pistol safe, screw it to the floor so it does not walk off.  

    Under capitalism man exploits man, under communism the roles are reversed.

    by DavidMS on Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 07:49:15 PM PST

  •  There's no excuse not to do something (1+ / 0-)
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    catwho

    This is completely sound advice.

    Anyone who complains about the cost, ponder the following:

    - you found the gun affordable in the first place
    - locking it up is way cheaper than any of the results if the wrong person gets hold of it
    - think about it, a bike cable lock through the trigger guard is enough to protect against most unauthorized access.

    •  Not a good idea... (1+ / 0-)
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      catwho

      There are gun cable locks and they are cheap (~$8) and go through the action.  This means that in an automatic, a magazine cannot be inserted without first unlocking the gun.  Revolvers, I am guessing should be locked so the cylinder cannot be closed.  In any case its part of a solution, but not a complete solution.

      Under capitalism man exploits man, under communism the roles are reversed.

      by DavidMS on Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 09:17:33 PM PST

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