MrCollonNoire produces our kind of video gun rants: perceptive, funny and free of charge. While we celebrate MCN’s firearms-based infotainment, I’d be remiss if I didn’t point out that he’s starts this one out of the wrong foot. In fact, he shoots himself in the foot (metaphorically speaking). Home carry means carrying a gun at home. It does NOT mean having one “within arm’s reach.” A gun should either be locked in a safe or secure on your person. Period. And that’s because . . .
A home is not a sterile environment. Friends, family, acquaintances, workmen, deliverymen, cleaners, your kids’ friends, you kids’ friends’ friends—your house is under constant “invasion.” No matter how cleverly you hide a firearm or how scrupulous you think you are about maintaining vigilance on a stashed gat there is always the chance that someone is going to find it.
There’s not a lot good that can happen from there: theft, negligence, arrest, homicide, etc. It’s also true that the police may have occasion to search your house. Say, someone turned in a gun they found in your crib. If the Boys in Blue find a hidden heater in your home, that’s going to be a major issue (especially if your state has safe storage regulations).
As for the overall wisdom of [actual] home carry, I’m not sure that the prospect of a bath salt-sniffing scrote kicking in the wrong door in search of drugs is a particularly compelling argument. Humans have an almost unlimited capacity for operating under the assumption that bad things happen to other people.
The best argument: you spend more time at home than anywhere else on the planet. It contains your only truly important assets (yourself and your family). Do you really want to stake your life and the lives of your loved ones on winning a foot race to a firearm?