“Before I write anything else, let me preface this by saying this isn’t a political post, this isn’t to stir up a debate about gun control,” mommy blogger Jenny White writes at huffingtonpost.com, “this is strictly one mom asking other moms: ‘What do you do?'” By that Ms. White means what do you — a safety conscious mom — do when you drop your sprog off at a home where guns are stored?
To be fair, this is the least strident article I’ve read on this subject. It cautions Moms not to “make gun safety a bigger deal than, say, pool safety or food allergies” and includes Eddie the Eagle’s advice to young ‘uns re: unsupervised gun encounters.
Don’t worry about offending other parents, and don’t make judgments. If parents get defensive, you can defuse the situation by saying, “I respect your stance and it’s not about that. Can you just reassure me of your storage practices?” Keep in mind, you’re asking a safety question and you can ask in a peaceful, diplomatic way. And if someone does get upset, then that’s a red flag.
What I want to know: what do you, the gun owner, say if a Mom (or Dad thanks) says “This may sound odd, but it’s a safety issue – do you guys have any guns in your home?”