Guns in your home

~♥Little Miss - posted on 02/09/2011 ( 215 moms have responded )

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Ok, so I am scared to death of guns. I will never have one in my home. I do understand why people feel they need them for protection....but what about the kids? I know they have childproof lock boxes, but is it really worth the potential risk of your child finding it and killing themselves accidentally? I just found out that my husband thought my father in law had a gun in the house while we were living there. I know these people, and they would not have gotten a lock box. I absolutely freaked out for like a week. I had him ask his mother if they still had the gun. Thank god they don't..but what if they did? Scares the hell out of me to think about this. Do you have a gun in your home? How many? Would you ever feel safe with a gun in your house? If you do have a gun, is it locked up? How do you feel about guns period.

I hate guns, will never own one...and if I find out that one of Lucas' friends have a gun in the house, chances are he will not be allowed to play over there.

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Krista - posted on 02/17/2011

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I think we should institute Chris Rock's idea for gun control:

I think every bullet should cost five thousand dollars. Five thousand dollars for a bullet. Know why? Cos if a bullet cost five thousand dollars, there'd be no more innocent by-standers. That'd be it. Some guy'd be shot you'd be all 'Damn, he must've done something, he's got fifty thousand dollars worth of bullets in his ass!' And people'd think before they shot someone 'Man I will blow your fucking head off, if I could afford it. I'm gonna get me a second job, start saving up, and you a dead man. You'd better hope I don't get no bullets on lay-away!'

Charlie - posted on 02/22/2011

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I don't keep anything in my house for "protection" but you are far less likely to die by baseball bat than gun that is a fact , America doesn't have the highest death by gunshot for no reason .

* Every day, about 75 American children are shot. Most recover — 15 do not.

* The majority of fatal accidents involving a firearm occur in the home.

* Gunshot wounds are the single most common cause of death for women in the home, accounting for nearly half of all homicides and 42 percent of suicides.

* An adolescent is twice as likely to commit suicide if a gun is kept in the home.

* More teenage boys in America die from gunfire than from car accidents.

* Gunshot wounds are now the leading cause of death for teenage boys in America (white, African-American, urban, and suburban).


THAT right there is insane .

Jodi - posted on 02/11/2011

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Patricia, our country is safer BECAUSE we have strict gun control. But I also think that in the US you seem to have some pretty major cultural and social issues that is extremely rare here.

On the constitutional issue, I meant that the application of the term "right to bear arms" has been misinterpreted over the years as a right for every citizen to have a gun when that was not the original intent of the term, but anyway....

Isobel - posted on 02/22/2011

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If you changed that scenario to the alarm going off because it's my teenage son trying to sneak in at night without getting caught...I'm kinda glad I've got my finger up my butt instead of on a trigger.

Krista - posted on 02/22/2011

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I'm not really sure what digital rectal exams have to do with protecting one's family, but sure.

Besides, what are you envisioning here? That a burglar's going to break into your home and you jump from a doorway and shoot him, like something on TV? You might be able to, due to your military training, but your average person? They're more likely to just wing the burglar, who will then quite happily shoot the homeowner in the head just out of sheer retaliation.

Besides, not too many people here have talked about outlawing guns altogether. They're simply talking about imposing sensible safety measures on them. I, like Jenny, own guns. Several of them. And I support strict regulation. I DON'T think that just anybody should have the right to own a gun -- I think that you should have to prove that you a) have a functioning brain in your head and are mentally sound, and b) that you respect how dangerous that weapon can be and that you will treat it with respect and not be like some boneheads who keep loaded handguns in their nightstand.

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Jodi - posted on 10/09/2012

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LOL, well then, I guess almost every parent in Australia is reckless and irresponsible.

Try - posted on 10/09/2012

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I'm quite the opposite - I think it's reckless and irresponsible to a parent to not own a gun. It's one thing when you don't have kids - you're not risking anyone's life but your own - but once you have children you are responsible for their survival. How can you just sit back and hope no one ever breaks in? Sure, a call to 911 might get police there in time to save everyone's lives, but police aren't supermen. It's up to everyone to save their own life, and people who deliberately choose not to defend their children just... well, it turns my stomach. I think they don't really want them to survive, deep down. Why else gamble like that?

~♥Little Miss - posted on 05/20/2011

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That is awesome Sarah, thank you for understanding. If I got to know the family that had military or police reasons for owning a gun, and saw how responsible they are, I am sure there would be exceptions to my own rule. Number one safety is of my kids.

Sarah - posted on 05/20/2011

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Marina, thanks for your input. I had never really thought about a child not being allowed to come to our home because my husband has two guns so it caught me off guard. The more I think about it, the more I understand. I would hope that a parent with concerns would come to us so we could assure him/her that we take the necessary precautions. Now that I think about it, I would definately want to be sure that any home I send my child to uses the same precautions we do.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 05/20/2011

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Your husbands job requires him to own them. They don't require one, just want one.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 05/20/2011

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Sarah, I can understand how you might be offended. We all want our children to be safe. Many of the mothers in here own guns of all sorts, and it sounds like they keep them in safe boxes etc. It does still make me uncomfortable.

My BIL and SIL have gotten permits to carry, and keep a weapon in their homes. I have already told them that if they have a gun in their home, we will not be leaving my son with them. Granted, we now live a great distance from them, but they already know if they own a gun in the home, we will not be in their home. They are not offended since they know and understand how strongly I feel about guns in the home.

Sarah - posted on 05/20/2011

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Marina, my husband is a cop and has two handguns. One is his duty gun that he has with him at work and the other is a smaller gun that he carries off duty. When he is at work the off duty gun is at home in a department issued gun safe that requires a pin number. When he is at home both guns are in the safe. The safe is always on the top shelf of our closet with the closet door locked. While I can kind of understand why someone would be hesitant to let their child play at a home with a gun if they are unfamiliar with them, I have to say that I would be slightly offended and hurt for my daughters sake if that ever happened to her. I don't know that's just me and how I would feel I think.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 05/20/2011

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Sarah, if the cop was at work, then there should not be a gun in the house right?

Yeah, I don't know. I haven't thought about that. I don't have any friends that have cop husbands. I have friends with military husbands, but they do not have guns in the house. My step father was chief of police in the military, and he did not have a gun in the house. Otherwise my sister would definitely have killed me. That is not me being funny, that is me being serious.

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As of right now we do not have a gun in our house. We do plan on getting some. some for protection some for hunting. I do not have a problem with guns. I grew up in a home with guns. My father had a .357 magnum and a couple of rifles. As a child I had no desire to go near them not afraid of them just had respect for them and the damage they can do. Plus I had respect of my father's personal belongings.

At some point we will purchase one or more guns mostly for hunting purposes and some for protection. My children will be tought about gun safety and the importance of it. I really would like to get a permit to carry. Not that I would carry it around every where I go but just to have it before that right is taken away from us.

But as for right now we sleep at night with my husband's Marine Corps. issued K-BAR on the night stand.

Sarah - posted on 05/19/2011

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Just curious: to the moms who say they wouldn't let their kids go over to someones house that has a gun in it, what if that house belonged to a cop??

Amanda - posted on 05/02/2011

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We have several shotguns, and a handgun in the house, my 8 year old has had his own rifle for a few years now. None of my kids pay much attention to them at all- they know that we shoot only two things-intruders in our home (never happened luckily) anything else, you shoot only what you plan on eating. We ( my husband and I) take gun safety VERY seriously and our kids know it. They must treat every gun (even their toy guns) as if it is loaded (they never are loaded in the house) my oldest saw his toy rifle broken over my husbands knee after my son pointed it at the dog. Since we treat our firearms (and the bows we have in the house) with great respect our children do the same. It is a personal belief of mine that a child that is afraid of guns is more dangerous with one than a child who has been brought up around them and with a healthy respect for them.
As for my children visiting a home with guns in it- my kids dont spend any time in anyones home that I dont know very well- therefor I will know their philosophy on firearms, if they have a gun in the home yet dont treat it properly, then no my kids wont be going there- not because I would be concerned about what my kids might do but out of concern for someone living in the home mishandling the gun.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 05/02/2011

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For my sons protection, any friends houses he wants to go over, I will be asking if there is a gun in the home. If so, he will not be allowed to go over.....sorry. Yes, people holding guns kill. That is my whole reasoning.

Jenni - posted on 05/02/2011

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hence the saying: guns dont kill...... people do!

haha maybe you just mixed it up when typing but you said:
"people don't kill people guns do!!!"
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America3437 - posted on 05/02/2011

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If I lay a loaded gun on the table it won't shoot you but, if a person picks it up and pulls the trigger of course it will shoot! So a gun is only a weapon until a person uses it to kill!

America3437 - posted on 05/02/2011

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We have several guns and I hate them but.... I will shoot someone to protect my home and family!! Ours are kept in my room and my door is locked whenever I not home. My children know how to shhot and are not scarred of them but they respect them and know tht people don't kill people guns do!!!

America3437 - posted on 05/02/2011

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THANK YOU and your family for the service!!!!! I am proud of you all!!!!

Jeanette - posted on 05/02/2011

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We own a handgun, but I don't have small children anymore. My girls are grown and married, and I have a 13 year old son at home. I know guns scare people, but for me, I feel safer having my gun. My son has been trained to use the gun (although he doesn't have access to it). My husband is in the military and is gone a lot of the time. About a month ago, we had someone try to break into our home. My husband was gone as usual, and I can't tell you how glad I was that I had my gun that night. My German Shepherd scared the guy off, so I didn't need to use it, thank God. I just think that this issue is a personal choice. If it scares you to have a gun in the house, you shouldn't have one. If you feel safer having it, then you should.

Erica - posted on 04/30/2011

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i grew up with guns in the house. now in uppper michigan this is normal for just about every house hold to have a gun because just about everyone hunts. my dad always kept them in the gun cabinet that locked as well as had the guns locked together so you could not take just one out you had to take all of them out. he also kept the keys up where only he could reach them. mind me he is over 6ft tall so even if we climed on a chair we could not reach them. he always kept the bullets in the very top of his closet so that we could not reach it. my dad is also a state trooper so we learned about gun saftey from a very young age. we all also took hunter safety when we were in like 6th grade. the only time that the guns were not locked up was when we were out hunting and even then till my dad had taken us out to the shooting range several times and we showed him that we knew how to handle a gun were we allowed to go hunting. till then we sat with either my mom or dad in the blind. if you are a hunter and dont keep it loaded and keep the bullets in a different area and keep the gun locked and teach your kids not to touch them till you think they are mature enough then they are fine. if you dont have a need for one then dont even keep one. i dont have my gun in my home due to the fact that i no longer live in the UP, i have 2 kids and i dont have a safe place to lock it up at the moment. my dad keeps it up north for me for when hunting season rolls around and that is the only time i ever touch it. even at that i dont pick up the gun when i am hunting unless there is something with horns at my bait.

Krista - posted on 02/23/2011

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Fuck, I HATE it when people delete their posts from a debate, because it makes the rest of us look like we're insane.

Jodi - posted on 02/23/2011

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Danielle has come in and deleted all her posts. Obviously didn't like that her opinion was being disagreed with and debated.

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Ah.... ok, cuz I double checked and all Patricia's posts were still there which made me MORE confused again. I'm all good now though..... Wish they hadn't been deleted though. Sounds like I would've liked to respond... ;)

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Then why are people responding to someone named Danielle..... I'm still confused, but that's ok.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 02/23/2011

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Yup...looks like Patricia deleted her posts and high tailed it out of here! LOL!

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Please tell me that some posts have been deleted and I'm not actually losing my mind by reading people's responses to posts that aren't there anymore.....

Jodi - posted on 02/23/2011

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Danielle, whether I have dealt with criminals or not is irrelevant, the human being in me would not choose to kill someone over incapacitating them, whether there was the chance I may be sued or not.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 02/23/2011

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My girlfriend infact was a phlabotomist (drew blood) on inmates...and the shit she would tell me! One of the favortie things to do was to collect their own urine...wait til it turn to acid and throw it on the gaurds...where their is a will there is a way.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 02/23/2011

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Danielle...accidental death involving guns vs accidental death with a baseball bat...then going into the savvy con artists? Stick to a subject...I have actually dealt with plenty of criminals...and you know what? They wouldn't think twice to owning a gun.

Krista - posted on 02/23/2011

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Con artists? What the hell do they have to do with this? A savvy con artist will have your money and be long gone before you even realize you've been snookered.

And yeah, I don't know why you're so defensive about gun ownership, Danielle. Nobody here has said that you shouldn't have the right to own a gun. All that most of us are saying is that there need to be safeguards in place in order to try to reduce tragedies like what Loureen mentioned.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 02/23/2011

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Good effort Danielle....huge stretch...um yeah...not realistic.

Jodi - posted on 02/22/2011

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"a baseball bat can kill someone and that bat if you keep hit that person that either 1 kill them which you want . or 2 just hurt them or knock them out . now if they get hurt :( you are up a creek cause we now have this get system out here if they get cut bleeding or your dog bites them or well they plain out gets hurt they will try to sue you"



OMG, I just reread your second post (as difficult as it was), and I have to ask....are you SHITTIING me? You are better off killing someone breaking into your house (that's what you want) than just hurting them because you are less likely to be SUED??? Is that REALLY what you are trying to say?



Can someone PLEASE tell me I totally misinterpreted that......?

Jodi - posted on 02/22/2011

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" its a person choice to bear arms"



That argument again........*sigh*. I SWEAR people are totally unaware of the original intent of that inclusion in the constitution. Stop using it as an excuse.



And no, I don't feel the need to have anything in my home for protection either. No baseball bat, no cricket bat, no knife in my bedside drawer. Nothing.



And thank you Loureen for posting all those facts. It is terrible that so many children die from gunshot wounds. 15 a DAY? Wow, that's a pretty confronting statistical reason to have greater gun control if I ever saw one.

Isobel - posted on 02/22/2011

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You are totally right...we should look up the stats on how many people accidentally beat family members to death with a bat and compare with how many people accidentally shoot family members to death...I'm sure bats are just as dangerous...let me know when you find stats that say that.

And nobody's saying that people shouldn't own guns, just that they should be heavily regulated and stored safely. I remember one person on one of these debates saying that they kept their guns loaded "on high shelves" so that her two year old "couldn't get them". insanity if you ask me.

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Yeah, um.... I live in the USA and I'm a single mother of 3 and I will never own a gun. Granted, I live where crime is quite low, but that IS one of the many, many reasons I will never move.

Charlie - posted on 02/22/2011

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Dear jeebus lets discuss the guns in homes not what you enjoy doing in the dark with the lights off ...........


You know people in countries with strict gun restrictions do get broken into too but the likeliness of you or them being shot or killed is almost non existent , personally I am glad to feel safe in a country where you don't have to worry about "defending " yourself from nuts with guns .

~♥Little Miss - posted on 02/22/2011

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@ Patricia...yeah um...pretty sure the alarm will sound scaring the shit out of the burglur sending them on there way with skid marks in their pants. Also, yes responce time for police could be 3-5 minutes....you could simply just wake up to a man with a gun to your head in your bed without one...even if you have your gun snug under your pillow. The alarm sounding could send you and your young ones into a safe room altogether behind a locked door waiting for the police to arrive...unless of course you have some sort of special opps training that makes sure you sleep with one I eye open, and telepathy.

Krista - posted on 02/22/2011

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True, Laura. I shudder to think of some twitchy wannabe Rambo who thinks he or she is about to confront a burglar, when it's only their late-for-curfew 17-year-old.

Krista - posted on 02/22/2011

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Oh shit, that's right. I AM from evil socialist Canada, with my evil socialist healthcare and evil socialist gun control.

Hell, I'M afraid of me, and my evil socialist ways.

/refuses to look in mirror anymore

Rosie - posted on 02/22/2011

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you're a universal healthcare socialist krista, how are you scared of commie mustard??. socialism AND communism go hand in hand you know! ;)

Rosie - posted on 02/22/2011

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how are stricter gun laws communism? oh lord!! why does everybody compare what they don't like to communism or socialism? could it be you have to use scare tactics to make your point, cause without them your point holds no water?

Desiree - posted on 02/22/2011

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I don't own a gun and don't believe in them besides if they want to get in they will. I live in South Africa and it make no difference if you own one, If you are unlucky enough to be at home when they get in they will kill you anyway and they don't need a gun to do it. but if you have one in the house chances are that they will kill you with it anyway. Guns are not a right they are a privilege with which you must have the responsibility to own one. Be careless and it should be taken from you. Personally the world is violent enough without me adding more to the pot. Just so you know alarm systems with armed response don't always help. 3 - 5 minutes is a long time when you are in serious trouble.

Patricia - posted on 02/22/2011

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Wow!! The alarm sounds the burglar is carrying a "GUN!" WhoopieDoo!!! There you are with your finger up your butt....LOL

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