Is Your Home Protection gun loaded?

Discussion in 'News Articles' started by TxPhantom, Oct 25, 2009.

  1. TxPhantom

    TxPhantom Active Member

    Apr 5, 2008
    Frisco, Texas
    There have been many gun forum threads debating the safety of keeping your home defense weapon loaded and easily available. People with children must take different options than the rest of us. However, most agree that a unloaded gun is no better than a paper weight and that's the side I take since my kids flew from the nest long ago.
    Recently I saw a old American Justice rerun about Richard Rameriz (sp?) , the "night stalker" who killed about fifteen people in Kalifornia. The fourth victim was a lady that he had tied up while he ransacked her house. She managed to work lose of her bindings and retrieve a shotgun from under the bed that they kept for home protection. She lowered down on Rameriz and pulled the trigger,.... twice (they didn't say, but it was probably a double barrel shotgun). Nothing happened, it just went click.... twice! Rameriz shot and killed her with a 22 pistol then proceeded to try to cut her heart out, but couldn't get past the breast plate, so he cut her eyes out and took them with him. He went on to kill about eleven more people before he was caught.

    The reason the night stalker was able to kill the fourth victim, and eleven more people, is that her husband had unloaded the shotgun when their grandchildren had come to visit several weeks before. Apparently he never remembered to reload it. I can't imagine how that poor woman felt when she heard those clicks or the guilt her husband must feel.

    All my home defense guns are loaded and within easy reach while I am at home. When company comes over I taken the necessary precautions, but when they leave, things return to normal quickly.

    Oh yeah, as a side note the brilliant Diane Fienstien, who was Mayor of San Francisco at the time, held a press conference where she disclosed clues the police were using to try to track down the night stalker. The police were horrified! Rameriz made adjustments and went on killing people. The good citizens of Kalifornia thought Fienstien was so brilliant they went on to elect her to the Senate. Way to go Kalifornia!!

  2. TxEMTP69

    TxEMTP69 TGT Addict TGT Supporter

    Feb 17, 2009
    I've told my wife you need to be able to transition from gun to club in seconds. Definately have to make adjustments with kids around.
  3. DCortez

    DCortez TGT Addict

    Jan 28, 2009
    Houston, Cy-Fair
    Don't know if I could live with myself if I were her husband,.
  4. Stumpy

    Stumpy Well-Known

    Aug 4, 2009
    Midland, TX
    i dont keep any of my guns loaded. for some reason, my dad wont let me. he absolutely REFUSES to tell me why. theyre in a keypad entry safe about 8ft from my bed. but i hav an open box of 20ga shells and 12 rounds of .357 sitting in one of the shelves and i periodically test myself to see how quickly and efficently i can make it to my weapons and load them. sometimes i practice with the .357 and sometimes with the scatter gun. drill and practice is extremely important if you're serious about home defense.
  5. TxEMTP69

    TxEMTP69 TGT Addict TGT Supporter

    Feb 17, 2009
    Definately need to drill and practice for any type of defense
  6. Hawghauler

    Hawghauler Active Member

    Oct 5, 2009
    Good Lord yes they are loaded. Loaded and stashed around my house so I don't need to run around looking for one. I grew up in a house with guns and was instructed to keep my hands off as a child and taught how to use them as soon as I could prop one up.
  7. cconn

    cconn Active Member

    Sep 5, 2009
    I always kept several guns loaded around the house, until I had children. Now with a 3 yr old running around I just can't do that. Hard compromise to make. Now I keep my H&K .45 in one of those lock boxes with the finger slots next to the bed.
  8. slowpoke

    slowpoke New Member

    Oct 16, 2008
    Brenham Texas
    All my weapons are loaded & chambered.
    My carry weapon is my home defense weapon. weapons not being carried
    are locked in safe.

    In my home & on my property I always carry.
  9. 2Shots1Wound

    2Shots1Wound Active Member

    Apr 1, 2009
    Unloaded weapons are obviously useless. The only debate I have is to put one in the chamber or not. I decided to carry +1 and leave the shotty without for HD (assuming here I have time to rack a shell in place but our nightstand gun is always chambered and ready). To be honest with no kids I think we should have one ready at all times. No kids, keep em loaded...
  10. MadMo44Mag

    MadMo44Mag TGT Addict

    Jan 23, 2009
    There is a loaded gun in every room.
    I live in an area where home invasion is a great possibility.
    If the grand kids come by the guns are locked up but I carry.
    I am blessed that all my grand kids are well versed in guns and gun safety.
    Two of my grand kids live with guns daily; their mother is an LEO.


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