I was watching a news story yesterday about an 11 year old girl who was home alone and defended her home from 3 burglars with a .22 rifle that belonged to her mom. You may have seen the story in the news.
While the news seemed to slant the story in favor of the young girl, which I tend to agree with, no mention was made about the fact that an 11 year old girl had access to a firearm without adult supervision.
This is something I've posted about before and it is a bit of a conundrum. Because on one hand if you leave your children alone at home with a gun in the safe they are defenseless. On the other hand, if they end up playing with the gun while you are away then you are in deep trouble with the law. Heck, even if they don't play with it and somebody finds out they simply have access, you could be in trouble.
However, I thought of an interesting idea I would run by you guys and see what you think. Keep in mind this is another one of those hypothetical things.
I was thinking if some manufacturer could create a gun safe that would allow a child access to a gun but under certain conditions. For example, there would be an emergency button that would immediately open the safe but once pressed, something would happen that would alert the parents that it had been pressed. It could be anything:
- Sounding an alarm
- Sending the parents a text-message
- Calling 911
- Or simply leaving some kind of permament sign that the safe had been opened.
The idea being that the child would be held responsible because they would know that there is no way to access the gun without the parents finding out about it. But on the same token, when they are home alone and hear a window break, they could have access to it. Does this sound like an acceptable situation to allow a minor limited access to a firearm?