In case you missed it, the biggest news event to come out of the NRA Annual Meeting and convention this last weekend came from an unlikely source: a seminar on home defense concepts by Rob Pincus. (Those who know Rob may say it isn’t all that surprising he’d make headlines, but with the election of a new and indiscriminately vocal NRA president intent on reliving the 1990s it was surprising the press would focus on Pincus instead. Probably just as well that they did.)
It all started when the Think Progress blog, which has a decidedly anti-Second Amendment position, snuck a stowaway into Rob’s seminar and videoed a couple of minutes which they put on YouTube. The video is part of his discussion on keeping a spare gun – should you have one – in a quick-access safe in your kid’s room. The idea is that, in the case of a home invasion, it’s very likely that you’ll head to protect your kids first – and wouldn’t it be a good idea to have a defensive tool there in case you hadn’t yet made it to your safe room and retrieved its armament?
Here’s the clip they posted:
Of course the key here is that the gun is kept in a safe, the same as it would be in your own bedroom. As Rob took care to explain, the safe in the kid’s room is no more dangerous than the safe in your room. If the kids know there’s a safe anywhere (and any conscientious parent will admit that you can’t hide anything from kids – they will find it), they’ll play with it. The fact that it’s in their parent’s bedroom makes it no less immune to their tampering than if it were on the coffee table in the living room. Kids, as I’m told, will be kids.
That’s why the gun is in a quality, tamper-proof safe that’s securely bolted down. The gun is no more dangerous than it would be in a safe anywhere else in the house, but it is accessible in an area where it is plausible that it would be needed. Logical, no?
The story was quickly picked up by any number of knee-jerk blogs and websites, including the Huffington Post (whose editorial board is a staunch supporter of the Bill Of Rights, except the parts they find icky – like the Second.) The response amongst the prohibitionists was immediate, predictable and nearly unvarying: “Gun Expert Urges People To Keep Guns In Children’s Bedrooms!”
Once there, the story-that-really-isn’t-a-story made its way into some a few of the more mainstream media outlets with similar results. It got even bigger play across the Atlantic, where both the Guardian and the Daily Mail expressed their dismay over the perceived craziness in the Colonies. (If Piers Morgan hasn’t hopped on this story yet, he soon will.)
The story may get a bigger boost today: Rush Limbaugh’s website featured the story this morning, and as I write this his live show hasn’t yet started but I expect him to talk about it. (I don’t often listen to Limbaugh, as I personally can’t stand demagogues on any side of any issue, but I might make an exception today.)
What do you think: does keeping a gun in a safe in the kid’s room make sense to you? (Feel free to post links to any mainstream news site which features this story!)
-=[ Grant ]=-