Once upon a time, you felt as safe in your home as the gold resting in Fort Knox. You left the door open so your kids could come and go as they pleased, playing in the neighborhood with the other kids, or deep in the back woods surrounding your house. The only thing you had to worry about was a wild animal venturing into your living room or some neighbor’s kids raiding the icebox. Life was simple then . . .
The days of hanging your Remington Model 700 Bolt Action Rifle on the wall under that buck head from last season’s hunt are over. Gun safes, gun locks are standard operating procedure. Your front door has three locks on it, and now you’re spending more time with your kids at the range teaching them on how to survive then you are showing them how to flick your wrist using grand daddy’s new fly rod.
As a police officer on the front lines, I’ve seen the shift in the balance between good and evil, and it ain’t good. Today, people hold their kids a little closer and take their safety a lot more seriously. For good reason. With more tough economic times ahead and an unsecured border, the threat level will only increase. And so, like many law-abiding citizens, I lock my doors, protect my guns and remember the simple times I enjoyed as a child.
[Chris Fusaro’s a supervisor for road patrol and an adjunct instructor at the police academy. Please click here to follow Chris’ Tweets.]