At a “Home Defense Concepts” seminar offered at the NRA’s Annual Meeting, Rob Pincus, who owns the popular firearm instruction company I.C.E. Training, said this, and yes, he actually got laughs:
How about putting a gun in a safe in your kids’ room? Good idea or bad idea? We have an emotional push back to that.
Here’s my position on this: If you’re worried that your kid is going to try to break into the safe that is in their bedroom with a gun in it, you have bigger problems than home defense. [Laughter]
And if you think that the kid who’s going to try to break into the safe because it’s in their room isn’t sneaking into your room to try to break into stuff, you’re naive and you have bigger problems than this. [Laughter]
So let’s settle that issue and think about it. In the middle of the night, if I’m in the bathroom or getting a glass of water, I’m in the bedroom, watching TV in the living room, if that alarm goes off and the glass breaks, the dog starts barking, what’s the instinct that most people are going to have, in regards to, “Am I going to run across the house to get the gun, or am I going to run over here to help the screaming kid?”
And if I’m going to go to the kid anyway, and I have an extra gun and an extra safe, why not put it in their closet?
Gee, what could possibly go wrong?
Pincus, that paragon of sensitivity and family values, must have let slip what’s left of his tiny little mind that a five-year-old boy shot and killed his two-year-old sister with his favorite birthday present ever – a rifle. Then again, why would that matter to him? He likely supports websites like Crickett that put out ads for baby’s first rifle and fill their pages with testimonials from parents who say things like, “My 4 1/2 year old daughter thought the ‘pink one’ was far superior…” Oh and let’s not forget, he’s a participant in the same event that provides gun gifts for tots.
Perhaps he should give this report from ChildrensDefense.org a look-see. Here’s a sample of what he’d see:
Still laughing, guys?