My brother asked me to come over today and help him clear out some stuff to make room for his 3rd kid (his wife is about 6 months pregnant). When I got there he was sitting in the front yard watching the kids play. I sat down next to him and we talked for a little bit before getting started. The topic steered towards guns and I mentioned my new 1911 and how nice it carried. He asked me if I had it on me and I told him yes (he's always been cool about guns and even owns a .380 himself, though he hasn't got his permit yet). He just freaked out and started screaming at me to put that thing back in my truck. I went back to the truck and unloaded it, and took it inside to put with his gun (this was pretty much to just get him to quit screaming in the streets about my gun). His exact words after that were, "The last thing I need is for you to pick up a chair and your gun go off and hit my kids." I just shook my head and asked him if he was really that stupid, and that while his POS cobra might do that, my 1911 would not. He just didn't seem to understand that my gun was safer in the holster than it was on the shelf. His wife, on the other hand, was cool with it and knows that I'm about as safe as possible when it comes to firearms.
Now for a little background on the situation. One of the kids is from her ex, and he is a drunken piece of scum. Back when my brother just knew her as a co-worker, he had to go over to her house and throw this guy across the living room a few times because he was drunk and attempting to beat her. He has a very bad habit of just showing up to "see his son" and causing problems. In fact, this guy was the reason he bought the .380 in the first place. To top it all off, he's started hanging around our criminal half brother again, and a week ago the neighbors caught someone trying to break into their house. Basically there's just been a lot of problems recently that made me uncomfortable not carrying there.
We were both raised around guns, he knew I had my permit and he was considering getting his, and he knows that I'm a certified 4H shooting sports instructor (rifle, pistol, and archery). The entire program is focused on safety, so that was beaten into our heads when we got our training. He's never had a problem with me carrying before, so I don't know what got into him. I'm thinking next weekend is going to include a day at the range with him and the kids. Kind of a safety demonstration and common sense kind of deal. It never hurts to familiarize the kids with gun safety anyway, which is something he apparently hasn't done much of. I kind of got the impression today that he just leaves the gun in the top cabinet and tells the kids that it's evil, which is something I am VERY displeased with. He should know better, and I think he needs someone to pull him back to the right side of the line.
Anybody have any thoughts on how to go about this? I plan on showing him that none of my guns will fire until the trigger is pulled, and that it's physically impossible for the trigger to be pulled while it's in my holster. I also plan on doing the .45 vs watermelon demonstration for the kids. That always seems to make the little ones realize just what a gun can do.