Dear Fellow Survivalist;
One of the big things the gun control crowd loves to talk about is how dangerous guns are around kids. There is some truth to what they are saying; but not in the way they are saying it. Letting an untrained child get their hands on a gun is a recipe for disaster; there’s no question about it. But that doesn’t mean that all situations where there are guns and children present are dangerous.
My mother is strongly anti-gun; yet when my father started buying guns, she was smart enough to insist that he taught my siblings and I how to shoot. My first experience with a gun was at the age of 7 and I was one of the very first to pass the class and receive a Hunter’s Safety Certificate in the state of Colorado. We never had a gun incident in our home or even came close to having one.
Kids who understand guns and have an appreciation for how dangerous they can be when misused are unlikely to misuse those guns. They’re not the ones who are going to go sneaking into mommy and daddy’s closet, looking for their guns. Kids that do that are ones whose only understanding of guns is what they’ve seen on TV. That makes shooting up the bag guys seem pretty cool, helping to convince them that they should try it for themselves. Technically, children are unable to tell the difference between real and make-believe until they are about five years old; but I’ll have to say in today’s society, it seems like there are many who don’t even get it when they’re teens.
But there is another part of this; that’s storing our guns in a way that keeps them safely away from not only our kids, but anyone else who doesn’t know what they’re doing. While I’m not in favor of government-mandated laws about how we do that, I am in favor of us using some common sense in the handling and storage of our guns.
Of course, the safest place to keep a gun is on your person. That not only ensures that you have it available if you need it (which having it in the night stand doesn’t do), it also ensures that you always have control over that gun. Nobody else is going to be pulling the trigger on it while it is in your holster.
But if some of us tried doing that with our guns, we’d look like a parody of a gunman, or perhaps like Neo from The Matrix, when he infiltrated whatever that building was, with a dozen guns or so strapped to his body, under his overcoat. So we need some sort of alternative; someplace safe where we can lock our guns away, where others can’t get to them.
There are three basic options for this; buying a gun safe, using a lock on the guns themselves, or having some other sort of gun cabinet. Any will work, depending on just exactly what you want to accomplish and how accessible you want your guns to be.
Let me say that furniture with hidden gun storage isn’t all that great an idea for keeping your guns hidden away from kids. There’s no way that you’re going to keep your kids from finding out about it; and once they know about it, chances are their friends will end up finding out about it. Kids being kids, they just can’t keep a secret. Since chances are that those kids aren’t trained in gun safety; that could lead to disaster.
Since I now have grandchildren who are too small to be taught about guns, this has become a very real concern of mine. I want my grandkids to learn to shoot; but not until they are old enough to understand what they’re doing. In the mean time, I need to keep my guns away from them.
I’m not a big fan of gun locks (not that there’s anything wrong with them, I’m just not a fan), so the obvious solution is a gun safe. But have you looked at the price of gun safes lately? If you’re like me, you’re not all that thrilled about shelling out several hundred dollars for someplace to store your guns, even if it is safe and secure.
My solution is to build my own. I’m not talking about building a steel gun safe, although I could do that. But rather, I’m building a strongbox into one of my closets, which will serve as a gun safe. While I’m sure that a determined thief will be able to break into anything I can build, I’m also sure that they could break into any gun safe I buy, unless I buy one of the better ones.
Building it in, whether we’re talking about a commercial gun safe or my homemade one is the real key. Having something that can’t be picked up and carted off forces them to try and pry it open there in your home. Regardless of whether that’s a steel gun safe or my two layers of plywood, with deadbolt locks, that takes time; time they can’t afford. So, my strongbox idea may or may not stop them; but I do know this… it will help keep my grandkids safe, until I can take them to the gun range and teach them properly.
It’s all a matter of how you go about doing it, just like keeping your powder dry and your survival gear close at hand.