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May 11, 2020 · OPINION

Secure firearm storage could save a life

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Gun safes come in a variety of sizes.
By Mike Hammond

Do you have curious kids at home getting into everything because they are bored?

Have you thought about whether your firearms and ammunition are locked and securely stored according to National Shooting Sports Foundation recommendations?

Approximately 4.6 million children in the U.S. live in gun-owning households where firearms are stored loaded and unsecured.

For gun owners, safe storage is an area where you can have a direct and immediate impact on keeping families and loved ones safe. While you are cleaning up your closets and sheds, why not buy that gun safe you’ve been looking at? This is an easy way to help our local gun stores, too. Talk to High Flyer Arms, Triune Shooting Sports or Clark Brothers about gun storage recommendations. They have a range of models, many priced more reasonably than you’d expect.

If you own a firearm for personal protection and feel you must store it loaded, there are a number of options that prevent unauthorized access, but are still fast and reliable to open. Some of these include biometric locks, key fobs or key code entry. These provide more security than storing your loaded firearm in a bedside drawer or other open space where a curious child, bored teen or intruder could find them and cause themselves or others harm. If you can afford a gun, you should be able to afford a safe.

Keeping your firearms securely stored when not in use can also be a deterrent for suicide. Learn to recognize the signs of suicide, but understand that not everyone will exhibit these signs. Call the suicide hotline for advice (1-800-273-8255) and do whatever you can to prevent firearm access during a mental health crisis.

Don’t be the gun owner who allows a 100-percen t preventable tragedy to happen. Let’s all do our part to keep from adding to our first-responders’ burdens at this difficult time. We need to do everything we can to prevent unintentional firearm injuries or suicides during this pandemic.

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Truepat · May 12, 2020 at 12:53 pm
The issue can be seen by the response so many parents have been giving about how it's a nightmare that they have their children home all the time. My parents taught me that there's nothing better than family being together and I passed that on to my two children. I also encouraged my kids to have a goal set early in their life which they did and both accomplished. Kids without goals and parents who aren't personally involved with them, tend to stray....
Linda Ward · May 12, 2020 at 10:17 am
So much of what was common sense when I was a child doesn't seem to be in evidence much these days. Why is that? Have we overprotected our kids trying to shield them from the harshness of life that they don't know how to survive without us?

My parents had it much tougher then I did, and our kids have had it much easier then we did, and so forth. Prepare for the worst, hope for the best was something my folks used to say.
AngryBob · May 12, 2020 at 8:52 am
Guns were stored under my parents bed when I was a kid. But I think society has changed too much for that nowadays. Mine are all locked up. I wanted to introduce firearms to my kids as the tools they are, but my oldest came back from his *first day* of kindergarten making gun sounds and 'shooting' his siblings with his index finger. That really irritated me.

All that said, this opinion piece isn't nearly politically charged as I'd like it. I'm in the mood for a good argument and this article isn't meeting my needs.
Joan Smith · May 12, 2020 at 6:46 am
Training is more important than lock. Teach your kids to use guns, gun is just a tool, nothing more.
Truepat · May 12, 2020 at 6:24 am
I must add that I am in full support of a basic mandatory gun safety class having been federally trained armed in the highest degree, due to the simple fact that most self inflicted gunshot wounds come from the individual holstering their weapon with their finger on the trigger......
Truepat · May 12, 2020 at 6:19 am
I agree with Jerome Fields growing up as an elementary student, I would go in the fields with my shotgun and we never shot each other or even thought about shooting a human. It was called common sense but we didn't have games where you killed another human who came back to life after a few minutes, and yes we did work!
Jerome Fields · May 11, 2020 at 6:06 pm
It's strange to me that kids aren't taught to respect guns and what they can do. I was raised on a farm, and we had guns for shooting at rats in the corn crib, or animals trying to get at the chickens, or sometimes putting an animal down if it were severely injured. Not one of us kids messed with those guns, but then again we were too busy working, and then too tired from all that work to get bored.
badelectronics · May 11, 2020 at 5:36 pm
Yeah, but then you would not be able to blow away an intruder if they surprised you. (

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