Storing Duty Side Arms

The Pittsburgh-Post tribune has an article up about problems with how police are storing their firearms. Cops need to have firearms fairly ready for action, even off duty, yet the number of incidences is low. It’s interesting how the police brass don’t want to dictate to their officers exact methods for storing firearms, but it’s funny how many of them will turn around and tell civilians they need to be kept under lock and key at all times.

4 thoughts on “Storing Duty Side Arms”

  1. “Familiarity is what makes a kid safe.”

    I don’t have kids, but that seems wrong somehow. Familiarity is what caused the officers to become complacent.

    No mention of Eddie Eagle at all either.

  2. Kathy at The Cornered Cat makes a good case that familiarity is a very important tool for making a kid safe around guns.

    The rational, summed up, is this: if you’re familiar with a gun, and one suddenly becomes available to look at, you’re much more likely to shrug it off as “it’s just a gun”, than if it’s a Forbidden Item that you rarely see, but now get to experiment with.

  3. The whole quote at the end is
    “Guns are like Christmas presents, you can’t hide them from kids,” Ms. Smith said. “Familiarity is what makes a kid safe.”

    That’s an AMAZINGLY pro-gun statement. Alpheus mentioned Kathy at the Cornered Cat; I’ve seen other gun-owning parents say essentially the same thing. I plan to raise my kids that way as well.

    Putting that statement at the end of the article is another “we win” moment. The author conceded by that quote that the safest thing for a child in a gun-owning household is to make the kid familiar with firearms. Roll that over in your mind a bit while the enemies of freedom cry in the corner.

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