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It's Time For ACCOUNTABILITY when it comes to Firearm Safety

Nicki Fellenzer

NickiIt’s amazing to hear “progressives,” cowards, and socialists preach “gun safety” “for the children.” A recent column by Jennifer Freeman of Liberty Belles got me thinking about current attempts to paint enemies of freedom with the broad brush of moderation, and quite frankly, it makes me laugh!

So the first thing I want to do tonight is thank Jennifer for a terrific article and her continued efforts toward liberty. The second thing I want to do is explain how we deal with gun safety in my home.

My husband is a law enforcement officer, and I’m a full time writer. Together we have three children, Daniel (6), Sarah (8) and Anna (14). Daniel is our biological son, while we were fortunate enough to adopt Sarah and Anna three years ago. They come from a broken family of drug addicts. They knew nothing of personal hygiene and proper manners, let alone constitutional rights. They could barely read or write when they arrived on our doorstep, so we had to start with the basics.

We have guns in the house. Not a lot, but enough. My husband’s off-duty pistol, my carry gun, a shotgun, and two other handguns. We also have a gun safe, and we recently bought our teenager a handgun of her very own for her to take to the range for some target practice.

From the time Daniel was old enough to walk, we have tried to teach him safety – not just gun safety, but household safety. Daniel knows not to pull down objects off their shelves. He knows where the cleaners and other household chemicals are stored. He understands not to stick his little fingers into electric sockets. And he knows not to touch our guns without mommy or daddy present.

We did some intensive training with the girls as well. From the moment they arrived in our home, we had to teach them to brush their teeth, comb their hair, wash all important body parts, not to touch, sniff or otherwise ingest any chemical or cleaner, no matter how good it tastes and gun safety. You’d be surprised how much neglect the girls experienced in their parents’ home.

Our carry guns never leave our sight. If they aren’t holstered, they are within reach on our nightstands while we sleep. And if they aren’t there, they are locked up in the safe. We are religious about ensuring that no child is left in our house unsupervised. Period. It’s not just about the guns. We are responsible for our children’s safety and for the safety of their friends who come to visit. Ergo, no child is left on the trampoline without at least one parent supervising. No child goes into the wading pool. No child visits upstairs, where our bedrooms (and gun safe) are located without supervision and no child is left alone in the kitchen. It’s not about trust. It’s about responsibility.

Children aren’t stupid. They hear, see and understand. We swore, when we decided to reproduce, that we would never treat our children like morons. We would not shelter them from truth. We would not zealously guard them from reality or shut them away from the world. When you swing a forbidden fruit in front of a child, the only thing you are ensuring is that eventually they will get curious enough to take a bite.

We have explained the rules of the house to our brood in simple, direct terms. We have made our guns available to the children if they want to cautiously examine them. We have never made our guns taboo or off limits. Our children know that all they have to do is ask to see the weapon or handle it. They also know that before being allowed to touch the gun, they must recite the safety rules, which they do with gusto, and they must inspect the chamber to ensure it’s empty and keep their fingers off the trigger when not shooting.

Anna has developed a liking for the range. She has a handgun of her own, but we keep it in the safe and take it out on our trips to the range. Her gun is not something exotic and forbidden. It’s a tool to be used when she wants to practice. It’s a tool of self-defense, which she knows has saved numerous lives.

The younger two haven’t been to the range yet, but as soon as they express an interest, they will accompany us. The little ones have never been afraid of guns. They have never impulsively grabbed them or played with them. They are growing up with a healthy respect for weapons but without fear and without paranoia.

That’s what I call “gun safety.”

  • Gun locks make your tool of self defense inaccessible in times of need.
  • Storing your firearm away and out of reach is a poor substitute for parental supervision.
  • Storing ammunition and firearm separately renders your gun useless in times of need.
  • Gun safety is education.
  • Gun safety is accountability.
  • Gun safety is not meek calls for the government to defend your children against your laziness.
  • Gun safety is not lazy requests for politicians to protect your children against your lack of accountability.

If you are the type of individual who is content to lounge around in front of the television, while your kids wreak havoc in the basement, where you just happened to have left your loaded firearm, you have no business demanding “gun safety” laws.

If you are the type of person who would leave your little ones in the care of a person too young or too irresponsible to handle potentially dangerous situations, you have no business blaming the gun, the gun retailer or the gun manufacturer for your lack of common sense.

In the end, it will be your children who suffer.

And in the end it will be those in our society, who are intelligent, law-abiding, peaceable, informed and responsible enough to ensure their children’s safety who will suffer the consequences of your indolence and lack of accountability.

And if you are the type who would enslave an entire population just to save yourself some effort in keeping your home and your family safe, don’t kid yourself. You are not “moderate” and you are not doing it “for the children.” You are a fascist slug who favors government control over personal responsibility, and we all know it.

Nicki Fellenzer

Nicki is a US Army veteran, who spent nearly four years in Frankfurt, Germany on active duty at the American Forces Network. She is a former radio DJ and news anchor and a Featured Writer and Newslinks Director for Keepandbeararms.com. She is also a former contributing editor to the National Rifle Association's newest monthly magazine, Women's Outlook and writes occasionally for the Libertarian Party. She resides in Virginia with her family. We are also proud to have Nicki as regular contributor to Armed Females of America.

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