AlaskanInTexas wrote:Do people really leave loaded handguns laying around the house unattended? Seems terribly unsafe to me. If it isn't on your person/under your immediate control, I really think you ought to unload the thing. You just never know who might end up running across it and possibly creating a 100% preventable tragedy.
I have one on my person if moving around the house. If at my desk, I unholster and mount to a magnet on the desk near me. When I go to bed, that same gun is laying within reach on the nightstand. This firearm is in condition one all the time.
My wife has a revolver loaded and ready in her nightstand on the other side of the bed.
My daughter (who's bedroom is down a hall on the other side of the living room from ours) has a loaded revolver in her nightstand and has since she was 15 or so. If the alarm sounds at night, she knows to reach into the drawer, remove the revolver, lay it in her lap and sit tight. If anyone other than myself or my wife come through her door, she does not pass go, and she does not collect $200...she squeezes the trigger center mass. She can keyhole with DA trigger pulls from the distance between her bed and the door.
There is another revolver in a drawer in the vanity where my wife and daughter put their face on. It is right there if they need it.
There are other guns in in bags that I take shooting and my family knows where they are. These are usually cleared as that it is proper range protocol to have cleared guns when entering or exiting a range. But they know how to load them and use them.
Keeping guns inaccessible to others is rendering them inaccessible, for all intents and purposes, to me or someone that needs them if the need for them arises.
Not only do those regularly in your home need to be familiar with the firearms present, they need to know what their role is if something were to happen. As I said previously, my daughter knows what to do. If someone makes entry in the night, my wife knows to come across the bed, grab my mobile phone from the charger on her way to the master closet where she dials 911 and sits tight with the previously mentioned revolver from the vanity drawer.
Me? If they are in the living room, they are between me and my little girl. Both her and my wife are in as defensible positions as are available. I will probably make entry into the living room in a ballistic fashion.
Now, all this is a work in progress. My armory consists of handguns exclusively at the moment (this will be rectified in the next few months.)
Just my 2¢ but really only worth what you paid for it out of your pocket...lol
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