In light of the tragedy in Newtown, I think more people have started talking about and considering gun safety, regulations, policy, and procedures. Regardless of where one stands in the debate, opinions are strong.
Needless to say, I have my own, but that’s not what I want to talk about today. Today, I want to pick all your brains a little bit and ask you this:
Before your kids go to a friend’s house (or neighbor’s or relative’s house, for that matter), do you ask if there are guns in the home? Do you inquire about their safety and storage?
I typically do not. And I feel horrible about that. I feel like I’ve been terribly remiss. True, my kids don’t go many places. And, yes, I’m usually with them the whole time. Yes, I know about my immediate family’s homes. And, of course, I’d love to say, “MY friends and family are all very safe and conscientious!!” Wouldn’t we all?
But– the truth is– most of us don’t really know that about everyone we ever hang out with. Even if you know with certainty that someone has a gun safe (safe? chest? I’m so arms-illiterate), that doesn’t mean there isn’t a revolver in a nightstand someplace.
Still, it’s a sticky situation. It’s a hard question to ask without offending. It’s also hard to remember sometimes, to be honest. I’m a lot more likely to ask questions about the ginormous pool I can see plain-as-day in the backyard than I am about guns.
So, today, I really just want to open up the comments for dialogue about how to ensure our children are kept safe in homes with guns.
While I value and respect all of your opinions on gun laws and policy, that’s not what I’m looking to discuss today. For now, let’s support one another with our best suggestions for:
1) How (or if) you should ask about guns in the home.
2) What type of precautions you should make sure are in place before allowing your children to play there.
Thanks in advance for your respectful thoughts and advice!