It’s not all about the hardware, but….
Back in my cop days I met a guy who kept a small, quick-open handgun safe within arm’s reach of his bed. On top of it was a bright orange screamin’-shrill lifeboat whistle. The instant a suspicious “bump in the night” woke him, he would first grab that whistle—and then the gun. His family knew that one blast meant get into your “safe position” and stay there. Two meant evacuate the house according to our plan. And they all knew he was deadly serious.
He had awakened one night to the sound of his back door being smashed in. By the time he found his gun and flashlight and stepped into the hall, his teenage daughter and younger son were standing befuddled between him and an armed intruder. They survived the nightmare, and learned some hard lessons from it.
His plan might not have been the best, but the point is that home defense begins with a plan, not a gun. Step one of that plan should be “hardening the target”; increasing home security designed to keep intruders out. Then, your hardware must be both secure—and quickly accessible.
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