hostess / papaya / 10540 posts
@mrbee: I agree! Plus you would likely have to get much closer than with a gun!
apricot / 256 posts
No but we may have one in the house some day. It scares me, but I am okay with it!
GOLD / pomelo / 5167 posts
um, hell no. I'm anti guns so theres no way that would make a way in my house. Plus, i believe it's much easier in the states than in Canada to own a gun.
hostess / wonderful persimmon / 25556 posts
We do not and I would prefer to keep guns out of our house but my husband wants one. I think we will stay a gun-free house just because he is too lazy to go out and take a gun safety class, research a gun and then pull the trigger (no pun intended) to buy one. He would then have to purchase a gun safe (because I say so) which would add even more money to that. I would understand if he were a hunter and had rifles for hunting. I totally get that. Having a pistol in the bedroom, though? I'm not so cool with that.
My last boyfriend before my husband was shot in the face by a neighbor when he was 6 years old. The neighbor was playing with his Dad's gun and the gun went off. He has a big scar on his face from it.
I believe in your right to bear arms, as long as you care for and store your guns properly.
hostess / wonderful honeydew / 32460 posts
@mrbee: yikes! how do you know it's hard to kill someone with a kniFE!!! haha. jk.
pear / 1965 posts
I grew up with them. Hunting family, but they were ALWAYS locked up and I honestly never knew where the key was. As soon as I was old enough to be enrolled in a gun safety class I was in it. DH and I own a gun and it is in a safe. (Fingerprint one as well) So yes.
cantaloupe / 6669 posts
Oh man, we just had to deal with this situation this week at my parents' house. We never had guns growing up but my stepdad has recently gotten in touch with his inner redneck and purchased two guns. I don't have anything against guns but don't see the need for my parents to have them at all, and I am very concerned about safety. My stepdad said they are "hidden" but that isn't good enough for me. My 20 year old and 13 year old brothers live at home and I worry about them doing something stupid. DH and I have already discussed and agreed that when we have kids, we will insist on the guns always being in a gun safe when the kids are there, or we won't come over.
kiwi / 534 posts
We don't have a gun but there are armed security in our building.
cherry / 190 posts
@mrbee: Unfortunately, "Charlotte! Put that knife down, it's only 62% as easy to kill yourself with a knife than a gun!" just doesn't have the same ring to it My point was, guns alone do not cause deaths. The people behind them do. Whether it's through violence or being careless with them.
Also, the most deadly weapon out there isn't a gun. It's not a knife either. It's your car. There are more annual deaths due to motor vehicles than firearms or knives. I'm significantly more afraid to drive with my child than I am to have guns near her. I'm a horrible driver anyway, so that doesn't really help my anxiety!
admin / wonderful grape / 20724 posts
@Killer b: I was just objecting to the idea that knives kill just as easily as guns... or even 62% as easily. I think for a trained hunter, perhaps it is just as easy. I'm just a city slicker though.
I don't plan on having a car or a gun. But I do wish that owning guns required a license and exam, like cars do.
Anyway this thread was just asking people if they have a gun in the house... glad to hear that so many people do and that gun safety is so clearly a priority across the hive!
hostess / wonderful apple seed / 16729 posts
We don't. My DH does. I personally wouldn't feel comfortable having one in the house or using one. I think I would probably hurt myself or be afraid of killing someone if I used it.
@mrbee: I'd like to add background check to your list. You have to have all 3to carry concealed in TX, but I think those requirements would be wise across the board
coffee bean / 41 posts
nope none in our current house. When we move the hubs wants to get one though. I have a fear like you of someone accidentally shooting someone on accident and it freaks me out if he had a gunsafe with a finger lock or something where I knew for sure Sae or any future children would never be able to get in it then I might relax about getting one.
pea / 6 posts
My father is a police officer so I grew up with a gun in the house. I even found it (in a poor hiding spot) when I was a child but knew enough not to touch it. That being said, I would prefer not to have guns in our house until our children are older, although DH would love one. We live in China though, so it's unlikely we'll need to worry about guns anytime soon.
grapefruit / 4817 posts
We own close to 50 guns if I had to guess. My husband is an avid hunter, and hunts a large variety of animals, which requires quite a collection. He has also been handed down a few guns from older family members (which is common in the south), so there are those, as well. A handful are also muzzle loaders (black powder), which take an act of God to load and shoot, so they hardly count.
Probably 10 of those are handguns, which I am not a huge fan of, but I do have a concealed license and am completely comfortable with them all, so I carry one in my car.
We keep everything but the handguns in our cars and bedside table in the safe. We are currently pregnant, though, and have been discussing how we want to handle things from now on. We both think it's important to have a real system for dealing with them all and how we want to introduce our child to them.
All that said, I really could not care less about guns or if we had them or not for protection, but my husband really loves them and hunting is truly a lifestyle for him, so I know they will always be around. And I have had one incident in which I was very appreciative that I had a loaded gun in my hand that thankfully worked out,but that could have been very dangerous for me had I not been able to protect myself.
@mrbee: And p.s. I am seriously jealous that you'll never need a car! What I would give to never have to drive again. I think teleportation needs to become a national priority.
Does anybody know how quickly those fingerprint lock safes unlock? My hubs is dead to the world when he sleeps, so I'd probably be the "unlocker" in case of an incident, but I'm also blind as a bat so it would be a catch 22. I hate the idea of the whole "shotgun behind the headboard" thing too, since it seems way too easy for a kid to get a hold of.
cherry / 151 posts
My dad is a history buff and has Civil War style black powder rifles and carbines and some old pistols. He would use them (with blanks) when participating in living history events, but we would take them to the range sometimes, too. Now that I think of it he never kept them locked up, but they were put away.
My husband has guns - some rifles, shotguns and pistols (he hunts, but hasn't in a long while) - but I honestly don't know where he keeps them. They are definitely put away somewhere safe.
To me, it's different with my husband's guns than it was growing up with the guns my dad had. My dad's were for teaching history and were a small collection of historical pieces. My husband's are modern rifles, shotguns and pistols and having them is a completely different feel to me. I didn't grow up in a hunting family at all, and especially since my husband hasn't gone hunting in several years, I guess I just don't see the need to have them (or so many). Although, I'm sure I'd be more comfortable having my own when at home alone when DH works out of town..
apricot / 498 posts
First off, we have a gun safe and all the guns have trigger locks on them...that being said we have a shotgun and pistol here at our house (along with a Bee-bee gun...). Growing up my grandparents had shotguns all over their house. I was taught they were always loaded (and they really were).
That being said, I don't exactly want a handgun upstairs in the dining room or something as a self-defense object. That I find weird.
clementine / 916 posts
We have guns in our home, but that's primarily because my husband is a police officer. Although, we would likely still own a couple shot guns if he were in a different field.
I really have no issues with keeping guns in the home as long as there are conscious measures in place to keep them safe. One of the most important of those being education. I see absolutely no sense in keeping them a secret from children. The more they know about them and their potential danger the better. Its the mystery of them and ignorance of their potential that leads to problems.
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