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View Poll Results: Do you keep your firearms loaded at home?
Yes - Safe neighbourhood - No children 280 49.21%
Yes - Safe neighbourhood - Children 200 35.15%
Yes - Bad neighbourhood - No children 19 3.34%
Yes - Bad neighbourhood - Children 16 2.81%
No - Safe neighbourhood - No children 20 3.51%
No - Safe neighbourhood - Children 31 5.45%
No - Bad neighbourhood - No children 1 0.18%
No - Bad neighbourhood - Children 2 0.35%
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Old February 5th, 2008, 05:48 PM   #16
 
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Oh btw, my personal opinion is if you have children or children around and live in a reasonably safe neighbourhood then lock your guns up.



Where I live, if it was legal to keep a loaded gun by my bedside I wouldn't unless I had no children around. Children, no matter how well you think they understand how dangerous firearms are, don't have the maturity level of adults in general. Kids will be kids, whether they become curious or rebellious. I bet most people tell their children not to touch their meds, keep it all in locked bottles, and have it all up high. Same reasoning should be used with firearms.



I can speak from personal experience. When I was about 8 or 9 years old, my friend took a loaded shotgun off the wall and pointed it at me. He didn't think it was loaded and was told never to touch it. What did he do? He almost pulled the trigger for fun while aiming it at my head! I told him it might be loaded and to point it away from me. Sure enough it was loaded. Who knows if the safety was on. Close call.



I think you have to weigh the odds. Is there a higher risk of children doing the unthinkable or someone breaking into your home and killing you or your family?



Here's a recent story for ya.

http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/stor...80203?hub=World



Again this is my opinion so please don't take offence! I believe these are personal choices we all have to live with if something were to go wrong either way. Do what you feel is right, safe and fits your situation.
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Old February 5th, 2008, 06:15 PM   #17
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I voted Yes Safe no kids. I assume (bad word) 2nd childhood doesn't count in this poll.



I disagree with the use of "Safe" with neighborhood. A neighborhood can be defined as 1 block or a very large area. Most "Safe" communities have problems with spousal abuse, alchohol abuse on and on. So we have to know what constitutes safe before truly answering.



I intend to have a loaded gun on that day I find that my neighborhood is not safe.



My children and grandchildren were raised with the understanding that all guns are loaded and dangerous at all times.
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Old February 5th, 2008, 06:59 PM   #18
 
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I voted Yes Safe no kids. I assume (bad word) 2nd childhood doesn't count in this poll.
Not quite.
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I disagree with the use of "Safe" with neighborhood. A neighborhood can be defined as 1 block or a very large area. Most "Safe" communities have problems with spousal abuse, alchohol abuse on and on. So we have to know what constitutes safe before truly answering.
Ya I agree. Wasn't sure how to word it. I guess what I meant was gang type areas with drive-by shootings and the alike. Areas with high-crime rates... stuff like that. Basically somewhere you don't feel safe going for a stroll if you know what I mean.

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I intend to have a loaded gun on that day I find that my neighborhood is not safe.



My children and grandchildren were raised with the understanding that all guns are loaded and dangerous at all times.
Good!
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Old February 5th, 2008, 07:01 PM   #19
 
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All my weapons are loaded and I usually have at one reload for each one ready as well.
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Old February 5th, 2008, 07:26 PM   #20
 
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I keep a Remington 870 12g loaded with 00 buck by the bedside and the 2 pistols are loaded hot in the safe...the other rifles are not loaded. I don't have any kids so no need to worry about someone getting to them and having an accident.
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Old February 5th, 2008, 07:31 PM   #21
 
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I voted yes, no children and safe neighborhood. WHen in reality my street is safe, but the surrounding areas are very high crime. So much so during high tension times, the police have plans to lock down several roads virtually shutting everyone inside the area (we are outside those routes). The police comment I was told. "We will block them in and let them fight it out". That has been done once in recent years.



So the "safe" needs better definition.
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Old February 5th, 2008, 07:35 PM   #22
 
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I voted yes, no children and safe neighborhood. WHen in reality my street is safe, but the surrounding areas are very high crime. So much so during high tension times, the police have plans to lock down several roads virtually shutting everyone inside the area (we are outside those routes). The police comment I was told. "We will block them in and let them fight it out". That has been done once in recent years.



So the "safe" needs better definition.
Be my guest to define it...
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Old February 5th, 2008, 08:03 PM   #23
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The places you think may be the safest sometimes turn out to be the most dangerous.

Being "safe" is a perception.

If your perception is wrong, even by unlucky chance, then you can die.
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Old February 7th, 2008, 01:59 PM   #24
 
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Yes, and I live in a "safe" neighborhood. Although last Christmas my next door neighbors were robbed. I don't have any kid's but I do have my first on the way . When he/she gets here the only change will be one of those quick action safes will find its way to my night stand.



I keep two guns loaded...one for me one for the wife. If I hear something strange in the night I grab my MP9c and go investigate. Now if its an obvious break in attempt (ie kicking the door in or smashing a window) I'm getting my wife down, giving her the phone to call 911, and covering the door screaming for the guy not to come in... if the bedroom door opens I'm firing.



And as for keeping them loaded. Nothing in the world more useless than a gun without ammo when you really need it.
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Old February 7th, 2008, 03:05 PM   #25
 
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Yes...is there another way. The ones I use frequently are out and stashed. The others are in the safe. I have 24 and 26 yoa children and they grew respecting guns and were trained at an early age. Those that say it can't be done are full of it. I also have a 7 month old, she will be treated the same. Yes I know what causes that! Just don't leave them laying on the coffe table.
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My wife and I both have a handgun loaded and we have at least 1 AR carbine and 1 12ga loaded at all times when home. Our 2 kids are shooters too and know that if they touch a gun without permission they will pay severly. We don't have a problem with that though because they are allowed to shoot them and their curiosity is satisfied.
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Old February 7th, 2008, 03:26 PM   #27
 
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Reminds me of the 2007 movie just released to DVD; Death Sentence. I think I'd snap like him in the end. :twisted:



Well.. what really sucks in Canada is that it's illegal for citizens to kill anyone with a restricted weapon (handgun, etc.), no matter the reason. A rifle or other non-restricted weapon may be used ONLY if you or people you are protecting are in immediate threat of death or serious harm. You can still get charged no matter what type of weapon you use or what reasons you may have. Self defence is a weak defence in court. If you attempt to arrest the bad guy first by saying "You're under arrest" before going further if need be, this gives you more power in court and hence you may not even get a criminal record... same power as an Cop. It's a real grey area in the laws here. I'll tell you one thing though, If I had to use a handgun I would. How many people would actually surrender to citizens arrest while breaking into your home and threatening or attempting to kill you or your family? We need changes in the laws here.



From what I understand this is how it works here in Canada. Feel free to correct me if I made any mistakes. :wink:
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Old February 7th, 2008, 03:29 PM   #28
 
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Oh ya... here's a link I forgot about until just now. More in-depth info and it's explained much better here.



http://www.nfa.ca/content/view/261/199/
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If the 40c isn't in my belt, its next to its loaded full size brother in the gunvault.

Only time they're not loaded is when they get cleaned!!
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My turn

I live in what I classify as a relatively safe neighborhood. My house has been broken into twice...once before we bought it and once while it was vacant for four months (tenant moved out and we had orders to return back to Fort Bragg so it sat empty for a bit). We have mostly retired people in the neighborhood, but one gentleman across the street has had a rock thrown through his window and his mailbox bashed in....wonder what he did to piss off some teenagers?

Regardless, for all these reasons, I do keep a loaded gun in the house, despite the fact that I have a 10 and 8 year old. Like most of the rest of you, I've gone out of the way to teach them that all guns are loaded and that they are never to touch one without asking permission. I take every opportunity to teach them about gun safety and how they operate and will let them hold them if they ask. I don't worry about my kids, but would definitely take extra precautions if I had other peoples kids in the house because I know that not all kids have been taught as mine have.

My 10 year old son (well he will be in less than a month) can now go to the on-base rod and gun club and I'm looking forward to taking him. I think that firing my 40c will be an eye opener for him (with me helping him of course). He already has plenty of practice shooting airguns at Scouts and Primitive Rendezvous events (one of our other hobbies) and has demonstrated excellent shooting fundamentals.
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