A recent study by the Harvard Injury Research Center reveals that a gun is more likely to be used against its owner than in self-defence.
Males, African Americans and people without any college education are at an increased risk of firearm injury or death from guns. The research also found that households with two adults who live together were less vulnerable for firearms injuries as well as homes where all household members reported feeling safe on their block every day they left home during daylight hours for 30 days prior to being surveyed."
The local and national news programs seem to feature stories about shooting accidents on a weekly basis. So often the lack of gun security is the reason these disaster occur. Gun security is not rocket science, it is common sense, yet many homes that have firearms do not follow basic steps to insure for safety.
The local and national news programs seem to feature stories about shooting accidents on a weekly basis. So often the lack of gun security is the reason these disaster occur! This week, for instance, three people were injured after an accidental discharge in Springfield Township while cleaning his father's firearm. The safety measures he took before firing off round one should have been taken care of long ago- but he wasn't alone: there are plenty more households that don't take basic steps towards securing their firearms either! Gun owners need not be rocket scientists; it simply takes common sense when you're handling dangerous weapons such as guns or knives around your home so families can feel safe without any worries whatsoever
Gun security can be as complicated or as simple as you want to make it. The gun security system that works best for you will depend on what type of firearms you own and the purpose of owning it.
For people that own firearms for hunting, gun security usually involves a gun safe. This is often due to the high cost of these firearms. The gun safes protect the firearms from moisture and theft as well as keeping them out of the reach of curious children.
A safe adds greatly to gun security because they are extremely heavy so they are difficult to walk off with, and the locking system stops casual theft. Most gun safes have a separate area to lock and store ammunition, separate from the firearms. This is one of the key elements in gun security, having ammunition and firearms located in different areas.
Gun collectors should use gun safes instead of glass cases to display their collections. Safes are much more secure than locking the guns in a case that can be easily broken into and is lightweight enough for thieves to carry away when they break it open.
When considering gun security for your home there are a number of factors to consider. You want to make sure that your firearm is not used against you in the case of a robbery. The easiest way to avoid this is to make sure that none of your firearms are left loaded, and that both the firearm and ammunition are locked in separate areas of your home. You also want to make sure that children that are living in your home or visiting your home do not have access to firearms.
Children are naturally curious, especially about weapons. Often times the shooting accidents involve children that are playing with a loaded firearm. Children are going to push, pull and press on all areas of a gun, so they can easily take it off safety, without knowing what they are doing. Also when playing with a gun children naturally point and pull a trigger, which leads to disaster if the firearm is loaded. It is important to talk to your children about gun security and to also have them attend gun safety educational courses.
The right to bear arms is one of the basic rights of Americans. As with all of our rights this comes with the need for responsibility. Gun security is using common sense to insure the safety of everyone living in and visiting the home that has firearms. Very simple steps can insure gun safety in your home.