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Keeping Your Family and Property Safe: Home Security Planning Should Begin with Secure Firearms

by Carmen Lobis, Director Business Development, ProtectorXT

As a homeowner, you’ve most likely taken the time to create a fire emergency plan for your family, with escape routes and rendezvous points, along with a regular schedule to practice fire drills, remove hazards, and check smoke detectors. But have you taken similar steps to prepare for a burglary, home invasion, natural disaster, or other event that could jeopardize your family or property? When it comes to protecting your house and loved ones, information is your first line of defense. A home security checklist will help to fill the gaps in your contingency planning and let you sleep better at night.

At the top of the list: firearms. If someone does enter your home illegally, your guns are both your primary protection and potentially your greatest threat, so they should take top priority in your planning. When at home, make sure loaded firearms are secured— either stored in a purpose-built safe or gun locking station, like the one I describe below. As part of your home security plan, you should also develop a before-bed routine to ensure that you double-check the status of every gun in the house before retiring. When you plan to be away from home, securely lock and store all firearms. Along with jewelry and electronics, guns are often a favorite target for burglars.

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Some other items to put on your checklist:

  • Designate a safe room, such as a master bedroom, where family members should quickly go in case of an emergency.
  • Make sure all valuables (including guns) are inscribed with a trackable ID code or serial number approved by local law enforcement. Keep a photo record of the important items in your home, and store a copy at another location as backup.
  • Install timers on at least two inside lights, and motion-sensor devices on at least two outdoor lights.
  • Outside, keep foliage trimmed to eliminate potential hiding places; remove tree limbs near your home that could allow an intruder access to an upper-floor window.
  • Never leave house keys under mats, in flowerpots, or any other outdoor location near entranceways. Instead, leave a key with a trusted neighbor.
  • When away from home for extended periods, arrange to have mail and newspapers picked up, and notify local police of your schedule so they can make routine checks of your home. Make sure you provide your alarm company with a list of emergency contacts who can act on your behalf while you’re away.

 

Gun Safety for Children

Gun Safety for ChildrenGun safety for kids

As most parents know, children must hear the same consistent message over and over again to make sure it becomes part of their everyday processes. Here are some “rules” about firearms that, repeated enough, can help kids at least pause long enough to help them be safe.

Even if you own firearms and teach your children how to use them responsibly, remember that consistent good judgment comes only with maturity and it’s easy and common for youngsters to take chances.

  • Never touch a gun.
  • Immediately leave any area where you see a gun. DON’T TOUCH THE GUN!
  • If you see or find a gun, go find and tell an adult. AGAIN, DON’T TOUCH THE GUN!
  • If you can’t find an adult, call 911 and tell the police.
  • Even if the gun looks like a toy, don’t touch it. If other children are playing with a gun, leave the area and tell an adult.
  • If someone threatens you or talks about bringing a gun to school, speak up. Tell an adult like a parent or teacher.
  • Don’t worry about getting another child into trouble. You may just be saving your own life or a friend’s by alerting an adult.
  • Once you’ve completed these steps, start again – in the next hour, next day, next week, next month & until your child can recite the points from memory!

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The Best Gun for Home Defense

shot gun for home defensePurchasing a gun for home defense is becoming a more common occurrence. In the past, hand guns appeared to be the gun of choice for this purpose. There were some good reasons for this. The cost of hand guns was lower, they are portable and could be easily transported and they are easy to handle. However, they have one major flaw. In a confrontation, they are not as effective in deterring a potential criminal as other weapons. Well-trained police officers have been measured to be able to hit their target only 30% of the time in a static, non-threatening situation. When confronted by a criminal who also has a weapon, their accuracy erodes to only 18%! If you have the same level of training as a police officer, then in a similar situation you have a 1 in 5 chance of hitting your target. Without that training level, it’s even less.

Most professionals will say that the best weapon for home defense is a shot gun. Its mere appearance is often enough to disarm a criminal. If forced to fire, its effectiveness is significantly better than a hand gun. Lastly, new configurations are providing more portability and ease of handling. If you’re considering a weapon for home defense, give this some thought.

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Gun Associations and Their Impact on Gun Safety

home protectionGun Associations and their impact on gun safety — Most people are aware of the major gun associations in the US, such as the NRA and the NSSF, but are you aware that there are over 160 other gun associations in the country? Besides advocating for 2nd amendment rights, they by and large are also major advocates for gun safety. It is my contention that every gun owner should be a member of a local gun association to be certain that his/her rights and freedoms are protected and to be made aware of the latest in techniques and technologies available. New techniques and technologies can expand your enjoyment, improve your proficiency, and provide a greater safety factor. If you’re going to own a gun, you should be proficient in its use and understand how to keep it safe from accidental discharge and unauthorized access.

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Gun Rights and Parental Responsibility

Safety FirstIf we passed 100 laws to restrict the purchase and use of guns, safety would still get down to personal responsibility. For parents, that also includes the responsibility to “parent,” that is to know what your children are up to and being certain that they do not have access to weapons without proper supervision. Parents have to be aware of the psychological and behavioral issues their children may be exhibiting and not be afraid to acknowledge it and take appropriate action. The last three major gun catastrophes, i.e. Columbine, Aurora and Newtown, were perpetrated by very young men who everyone acknowledged exhibited antisocial behavior. Teachers also bear some responsibility in this matter. Society needs to allow responsible parents, teachers and others to be able to report antisocial behavior and affect appropriate intervention without stigma or personal liability. Unfortunately, we will always have individuals among us who are capable of these horrendous acts. We need to be more vigilant and not be afraid to take the right actions to prevent the ones we can.

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Why gun owners need to lead the effort for gun safety.

Gun owner safetyWe believe gun owners need to lead the effort for gun safety. There are folks who portray gun owners as a bunch of way out radicals with paranoia tendencies. Certainly we are vigorously protective of our 2nd amendment rights. However, there is no group more concerned about gun safety and the abuse of firearms than gun owners. There is little correlation between the misuse of guns by criminals and gun safety. They are two different issues. Criminal activity is the purview of law enforcement but gun owners can and should affect gun safety. The political process has limited capability to ensure that safety; plus, the goals and objectives of politicians do not always coincide with the primary reason a law is introduced. What we need is to provide more education and utilize the best techniques and technology to get a real improvement, demonstrating that gun owners are the best group to lead the effort.

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Is this what happens when Governments control the access to guns?

While there are conflicting historical accounts, some point to instances in the past as examples of governments seizing control of guns, with terrible consequences.

Government Controlling GunsThe 1938 German Weapons Act provided that some citizens were required to have a permit to carry a firearm and a separate permit to acquire a firearm. Furthermore, the law restricted ownership of firearms to “…persons whose trustworthiness is not in question and who can show a need for a (gun) permit.” One of the most onerous restrictions forbade Jews from owning or being involved in the manufacture of firearms leaving them helpless to defend themselves once their persecution began. Other examples:Similar situations were reported in Uganda, Guatemala and Cambodia.

  • The Ottoman Empire in 1915 to 1918 murdered over a million Armenians after confiscating their guns
  • The Soviets from 1923 to 1953 murdered over 20 million people after confiscating their guns.
  • China from 1949 to 1976 murdered over 20 million of its citizens after confiscating their weapons

Is this the fear behind objections to most forms of gun control? Do you think this is something our Founders had in mind when developing the the 2nd Amendment? Give us your opinion.

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Modern Technology and Gun Safety

new-productGun safety involves a number of issues that need to be taken into consideration, including the accidental discharge of a weapon and unauthorized access to the weapon.

Accidental discharge – there are several instances in which this can occur. Loaded weapons if dropped can accidentally discharge, by individuals who are either too young to realize that a weapon is loaded or adults who are just not aware of the loaded weapon.

Unauthorized Access – the two most prevalent occurrences of this situation is a criminal who seizes the opportunity to get his hands on a weapon or by individuals who have some sort of emotional disorder.
The key to preventing the latter is to prevent easy access to the weapon. There are now technological solutions to assist:

1. If the weapon is not needed quickly for self-defense, there are a number locks that are available using keys, combination locks and codes to prevent individuals from easily accessing a weapon.

2. However, if there is a need for quick access, such as for protection, the only realistic technology uses biometric technology. This allows only individuals whose fingerprints are programmed to gain access to the weapon. Biometric technology to prevent unauthorized access is the new and upcoming approach to improve gun safety.

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The 2nd Amendment’s Historical Basis

History of the 2nd Amendment

I read an article by Richard W. Stevens which outlined the history behind the second amendment which I found most interesting.

The Second Amendment protects an individual right that existed before the creation of any government. The Declaration of Independence made clear that all human beings are endowed with certain unalienable rights, and that governments are created to protect those rights.

A. The unalienable right to freedom from violent harm, and the right to self-defense, both exist before and outside of secular government.

  • 1. Torah: Exodus 22:2.
  • 2. Talmud: Jewish law set forth in the Talmud states, “If someone comes to kill you, arise quickly and kill him.” (Talmud, Tractate Sanhedrin. 1994,2, 72a; The Babylonian Talmud: Tractate Berakoth. 1990, 58a, 62b).
  • 3. Roman Catholic Doctrine: Christian doctrine has long asserted the right and duty of self defense. “Someone who defends his life is not guilty of murder even if he is forced to deal his aggressor a lethal blow.”
  • 4. Protestant Doctrine: Individual has personal and unalienable right to self-defense, even against government. Samuel Rutherford, Lex, Rex

B. John Locke’s Second Treatise of Government (1690) aimed at limiting the power of government, and profoundly influenced the Founders and all Western Civilization. Locke explained that civil government properly exists to more effectively protect the rights that all individuals have the rights to life, liberty, and property. They give civil government the power over themselves only to the extent that it better protects those rights.

C. Christian religious thinkers, such as Samuel Rutherford argued that man’s rights come from God. To be legitimate authorities, all governments must uphold man’s rights and do justice.

D. Cicero, Rome’s leading orator, had early argued that the right to self-defense was natural and inborn, and not a creation of the government.

E. The right to keep and bear arms simply implements the unalienable right to individual self-defense against aggression of any kind. The Second Amendment refers to “the right of the people” (not the state) as a pre-existing right that government must respect.

F. The United States Supreme Court, in United States v. Verdugo-Urquidez, indicated that the word “people” in the Second Amendment referred to individuals, not to states.

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Public Safety and the 2nd Amendment

Gun LawsPublic safety is a much more complex issue than the mere outlawing of firearms. According to recent news reports, in the US, there are over 2.3 million individuals in prison for breaking some law. That is one of every 100 adults in the country. Clearly, passing laws will not prevent criminals from ignoring them. Proponents of additional gun laws often refer to mass shootings at Columbine, Aurora and Newtown as the basis for the need for additional laws. However, analysis shows that the common threads in each of these instances were apparent psychiatric disorders by the perpetrator and/or illegal access to the firearm. The psychiatric issue is so complex that no one has come up with a viable plan. But maintaining authorized access is the responsibility of the gun owner and most with whom I am familiar take this issue very seriously. That isn’t to say we can’t do a better job, but political/legal intervention is not likely the most effective approach. Rather, it’s something we gun owners can adequately address ourselves.

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