The NRA-approved Steve West video above does not specifically tell gun owners to store their firearms in an unloaded condition. The inconvenient truth: most gun owners stash at least one loaded firearm for emergencies. More to the point, relying on safe storage protocols is dangerous; they can be easily defeated by intelligent children and determined thieves. Store guns safely, sure, but remember that educating family members on gun safety is job one. (Unless your children are too young to grasp the concept.) It’s a message that Stack-On seems to have missed by a country mile. Check out the logo for their “Keep ‘Em Safe” campaign . . .
Of course, Stack-On’s going to emphasize gun safes. It’s what they make. And who can argue against gun safes? Not me. But I can decry the fact that their Keep ‘Em Safe pledge is nothing but a data grab.
Taking the pledge confirms that you currently keep your firearms in a secure, locked environment. (You don’t need to own a Stack-On Safe or Cabinet to participate in the pledge – just confirm you store your firearms in a locked environment.)
For every household that signs up for the Keep ‘Em Safe pledge, Stack-On will donate $1 to Shoot for a Cure, up to $20,000 annually.
There’s no pledge about it. No “I agree to keep my firearms stored safely at all times, and to educate all members of my family in gun safety so that they understand the importance and practice of responsible firearms ownership.” It’s just a consumer survey where your name, address and phone number are mandatory fields and you have to opt out of future emails.
If we want to maintain the moral high ground in the ongoing battle for firearms freedom, we need to tell the truth about guns. And gun storage. And pledge to do the right thing, above the politically expedient and/or profitable thing. IMHO.