There were some unfortunate stories covered in the news this past winter that made my husband start pontificating about the benefits of owning a gun. He grew up with a father that hunts regularly, he and his brother learned about appropriate gun use and safety, and there was never any incident with having guns in his house. I, on the other hand, did not grow up around guns and am fearful that having a gun in the house is just asking for trouble.
We have a piece of property that is pretty remote and sometimes I don't like to go there because I feel a little vulnerable, I suppose my husband hopes that a gun would make me feel safer. But we would never keep it anywhere we could get to it quickly if need be (and really, what are the chances of needing to?) and children are just too curious about things that are off limits (not to even mention their friends). So mamas, do you have guns in your home? How have you talked to your children (and others that come into your home, if necessary) about gun safety when they have reached the appropriate age?