One of the most interesting columns over the weekend was the piece in Charlotte Observer by a doctor, who along with his wife—also a physician, took the course that is required to receive a permit to carry a concealed weapon.
Both are gun owners and recreational shooters and their take on the class is fascinating, especially the advice from the instructor on how and where to store their weapons.
Perhaps most shocking, though, was the advice we received from a practicing law enforcement officer regarding the storage of firearms: under the bed, preferably loaded. I’m not kidding. Fifty or so families, many of whom we must presume have children in the home, walked out of that classroom with the understanding that the proper way to store your guns was in a location that is within reach of a child, and loaded. No gun safe. No trigger lock. Across the United States in 2008-09, according to the FBI, we lost more preschoolers to guns (173) than officers in the line of duty (89).