I'm sorry (and no I don't know you personally ) but since you're spouting off about parenting and the virtues of virtual killing (at this time of year) yes maybe you are violent? You certainly profess to be quite capable of it? Look at your signature line! Your praying to the lord for the ability to kill someone! Come on, of all the things someone might actually pray for (and have it in a signature line for the world to see) that would be letting the world know what a bad ass you feel you are. Maybe it's paranoia that drives this but you put it out there that you're a cowboy who is unwilling to leave it to "The Professionals" and look to me like an accident waiting to happen.
There is nothing in the world you can say that will convince me that it's responsible parenting to give a .22 to an 8 year old and have unfettered access to weapons in your house. Your own words "I know they would never go near it" is unrealistic and naive. I truly hope that you never have to go through that pain and loss that could have been preventable. But again, as you stated to others, "that's on you".
I'm sure you are a great Dad and it sounds like you've got exceptional children. This is just where we differ and I only wish you are yours the best that life has to offer.
Sorry, I was at work around violence all day, so I am just getting to this now. I do have violence in me. Everyone does. Try to harm one of my kids or my wife and I will show you just how much violence I am capable of. That isn't "trying to be a bad-ass" that is the truth. Plain and simple. I am absolutely unwilling to leave it to the professionals. You kick in my front door, you are getting shot. Period. No questions asked and the signs around my house make that well known. You attempt to cause my family or me harm outside of my home, you are getting shot. Period. I refuse to be a victim and I carry my concealed weapon everywhere. As does the wife. An accident waiting to happen? That is the sheeple that walk around with their heads in the sand thinking the world is full of butterflies and candy canes. I hope that works for you. That doesnt work for me. I protect mine.
You should spend a day in my shoes surrounded by 2500 of the finest residents of the state. Sit a desk distance away from an 18 year old kid who knocked on a door and when the man answered, him and his buddy beat him to death for his TV, wallet, and computer. Counsel the 21 year old who felt like hurting someone so he went outside and attacked the first female that walked by. After raping her and slamming her head off the sidewalk until it was mush, he left her and went back to partying with his friends and laughed and joked about how "he might of just killed someone!". Sit a desk distance away from a 35 year old man who raped an 87 year old woman after breaking into her house and taking $3. That isn't paranoia, that is real. Evil is all around you. You have 2 choices, victim or survivor.
I am not sure how you grew up, but at age 8 I was driving tractors with wood blocks tied onto the pedals so I could reach them, hauling a wagon full of hay. I was riding my 10 speed to the neighbors farm to hook milkers on 100 head at 3 am with nothing but a flash light tied to my handlebars. My dad used to tie the seat of the lawnmower down because you had to weigh a certain amount to run it just so I could mow the lawn. Keep in mind, if I fell off or tipped over with the seat tied down, the blade would not stop turning. By 10 I was driving the old Dodge farm truck all over our 100 acres. I had a 20 guage and a .30.30 in a gun rack in my bedroom with the rounds to go with it. My step-father probably has 100 guns, and I had access to all of them. No one ever got shot. No one even came close. Difference in upbringings I guess. That is why I call today the Pussification of America!
So you attack me because I place my .45 on the night stand at night, yet you have no idea where the rest of my guns, or my .45 is, when I am at work? Of course my weapons are secured. I wont say how because that is none of your damn business, but I will say you would never find them if you looked. My "safe" is pretty neat and is actually completely hidden. At night, my .45 is near me at all times. I cant carry at work and I cant even have it in my car, so it is secure to where only the wife can get to it. Not that she needs it, her .380 is on her at all times, even while she is doing housework. My son has his .22, but did I say he had the rounds for it? Nope. You assumed. That's ok, I understand the thought process of the sheep. I have the rounds. And I would be willing to bet, at age 8, he could out shoot most on this forum. He got that .22 when he was 5! Am I affraid that one of my kids is going to come into my bedroom, in the middle of the night, grab my .45 in the dark, figure out how to take the safety off and rack and round, then shoot themselves or me? No. Not at all. They would have to make it past the 5 motion detectors to even get from their bedrooms to my bedroom.
Thanks for the well wishes, and same to you. For us, the best life has to offer is a 6 pound large mouth on the end of the line or a 10 pound channel cat ripping drag, camping out under the stars in the middle of nowhere, and skinning and eating all the earth has to offer us!
Obviously we all have to make our own decisions on how and where we store our guns. I'm a very firm believer in not storing them so that children can access them. And I don't mean hiding them, I mean securing them properly. With children in the house, I think anything less is irresponsible. This recent shooting and the colorado movie shooting were both carried out by someone who accessed guns that did not belong to them.
If I lived in a high crime area, or was a drug dealer, etc. my guns would probably be out on the night stand. Instead my .40 cal is in a hand gun safe in the top draw of the night stand. It is a push button type that I can open in the dark within about 3 seconds. I have practiced it many times without even looking at it. I've got two mouthy security systems that will alert me well before someone could be within 3 seconds of the bedroom.
I can't imagine how it would feel to know a child has shot himself or someone else accidentially with a gun that was left accessible.
Again, my .45 on the night stand beside me is not where children have access to it. I stated why above.
6 of us were raised with over 100 guns and ammo all around us and no one ever got shot. Of course, my step-father had us all shooting at an early age and we understood the power of the gun, how it wasnt a toy, and that is meant business. None of us touched our weapons that we all had hanging in gun racks without dad's permission and supervision.