The study that just came out about ownership & storage practices in the US is honestly alarming. There are almost more guns in the US than there are people. 1 in 3 households has one.
- 30% of owners have the guns loaded & easily accessible (...holy shit)
- 50% keep them unloaded & easy to reach or loaded & locked (...sure let's half ass it)
- 20% of gun owners keep them unloaded & locked (why is this so damn low)
Oh but it gets scarier:
40% of owners have no idea that their kids/grandkids know where the guns are
25% of owners had no idea that the kids/grandkids have grabbed the guns & played with them.
First: ARE YOU KIDDING ME?
Second: 40% chance the owner has no idea a kid knows where it is...sorry but not knowing that kids know where the guns are is just flat out unacceptable.
As parents, you do your best to protect your kids with the information you have. It is not unreasonable to confirm that your child will be safe - be it with guns, carseats, helmets or double buckling. If we don't demand accountability on gun safety from our own family members, then we're enabling it. And I don't think I am alone in saying that -- not asking these questions rests way more on the side of negligence. There is no "oops" here. Louis you did the right thing.