I've had a hectic past several days! That's all I'll say about that.
Recently, I've been thinking about gun safety in our home. It's never been a concern for me having guns in the house. I grew up with them. My parents never had the ammunition where we could get to it. We knew not to play with them and to never point them at each other. We were taught how to use them, and they were never locked up! There were no gun safes in our home. In retrospect, maybe it's lucky that one or more of us weren't seriously harmed growing up. Not just because of the guns, but because of other careless behaviors, or redneck ways as HF likes to point out. He has called me on more than one occasion, a California Hillbilly. I like to think I grew up in the best of both worlds.
Anyway, I've mentioned in the past that HF often updates me on the status of his gun. I never understood why. I would just say, "Uh, cool. Thanks for that." Now I get it. Our 3 year old boy pushed a small table, climbed on top, and was reaching at where the gun is kept (Just so you know, the gun is kept secure and out of reach and there was no way he could've reached it-at least for a couple more years). I was in the shower and HF walked in to see our 3 year old dressed to the nines in his cowboy getup sans pants begging for the "poke" (that's what he calls guns). While I admire his authenticity, I realized for the first time that it's time to do some gun safety training.
HF is good about this. When they ask about the guns, or they want to see them, he stops what he's doing and gets them out. He takes the time to answer their questions and to teach them. When he and I talk about this, two things always come to my mind: 1. I've always heard the expression, "No safe is child proof", and 2. I am the one that is at home with the kids the majority of the time with guns in the house and I need to be more trained about guns myself and help with the training of our children.
It just so happens that at the right time I was reading past articles on Women of Caliber and found a four-part series of articles that Kellene wrote entitled, Children and Guns. I was especially interested in parts II and III, the myths of gun safety and children, and how to educate them, but they are all very interesting, informative, and well written.
Tell me how you seasoned LEO families have handled gun safety with your children. Any advice or other words of wisdom would be greatly appreciated.
And here is a clip from 90210 that I totally remember watching as a teen. Even though I knew it was a ridiculous show back then, I don't think I was smart enough to realize that television introduced heated issues into the story line. So this little clip has bad acting, and as HF says, it would be incredibly unlikely for the Glock to go off when hitting the floor.