Speaking to a crowd at an NRA convention in Louisville, Kentucky, a gun instructor told the assembled members of the audience that storing guns in their children’s rooms is not only a good idea, but one of the first places he would stick them in case of a home invasion.
According to Think Progress, firearm instruction company I.C.E. Training owner Rob Pincus warned about the risk of Americans being assaulted in their own homes, while advocating for homeowners to be well armed.
Addressing where to store guns, Pincus suggested children’s rooms as one of his first stops.
“Why would you consider staging a firearm inside a child’s room?” he asked the attendees. “It’s the first place I’m going to go! As I’ve said…many times, if your kid is going to break into the safe just because it’s in their room, you have a parenting issue, not a home defense issue.”
According to Pincus, when there is a home break-in the first place a parent presumably would run to is the kid’s room so a gun should be available there — albeit locked up in a gun safe.
Asked if gun owners need to “ensure” that guns are not easily accessible, Pincus quibbled over the term opting for the less definite, “I’m going to say we have an obligation to try to prevent unauthorized access.”
According to the San Francisco-based Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, 1.7 million children live in households where guns are stored either loaded or not locked away.
A report by NBC in late 2015 showed that a child in the U.S. has died from a gunshot almost every other day since the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook in 2012 that took the lives of twenty elementary school children.
Watch Pincus make the same pitch at a seminar in Houston three years ago, uploaded to YouTube: