The liberal media are having a field day while covering the National Rifle Association convention in Houston this weekend. The latest outrage comes from a seminar on “Home Defense Concepts” presented by author, firearms instructor and former law enforcement officer Rob Pincus.
Pincus’ seminar filled up, leaving standing-room only. The controversial question that has some media up in arms is when Pincus asks where a gun safe should be located when formulating a home defense plan.
“How about putting a quick-access safe in your kids’ room?” Pincus asks. The audience reaction drew a divided response, according to the Houston Chronicle.
“We have an emotional push back to that. Here’s my position on this,” Pincus explains. “If you’re worried that your kid is going to try to break into the safe that is in their bedroom, with a gun in it, you have bigger problems than home defense.”
The audience laughs, but the concept makes a lot of sense, as Pincus explains you should have a gun stored in the place you are most likely to go first in case of a break-in or other emergency.
“If that alarm goes off and the glass breaks and the dog starts barking, what’s the instinct that most people are going to have, in regards to, ‘Am I going to run across the house to get the gun, or am I going to run over here to help the screaming kid?'” Pincus said. “And if I’m going to go to the kid anyway, and I have an extra gun and an extra safe, why not put it in their closet?”
ThinkProgress.org recorded the presentation and points to the Huffington Post’s quotes that use the 2010 Centers for Disease Control unintentional death statistics (the latest released) to back their claim that “children are wounded and killed by accidental gunshots with horrifying frequency.” Depending on your definition of a “child”, the chart actually shows car accidents and drowning far surpass the number of firearms deaths for children under the age of 15. The number does spike in the 15-24 age bracket, think Chicago.
The Huffington Post used the ThinkProgress video for a report and was quick to point out that a child who shot and killed his sister made headlines just last week.
Pincus’ suggestion might not be right for everyone. If a parent is concerned a locked gun safe wouldn’t be secure in a child’s bedroom, what makes them think it is secure in their own bedroom? While gun deaths statistics for children are tragic, so are deaths by car accident, drowning and suffocation. Statistics can be skewed to present a particular point.
Watch the segment on this portion of Pincus’ presentation here.
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