Probably stirring up a hornet's nest here, but I promise I'm not trolling...
Firstly, to confess my biases here:
1. I'm Australian. We have much stricter firearms laws here than in the US. But also a helluva lot less criminals with guns, and a helluva lot less firearm homicides per capita than the US.
2. I've never owned a gun - never felt the need to, even after being burgled while we were at home asleep. I've also never gone hunting or to a firing range. I guess you can tell, I'm not a firearm enthusiast, but then again, I'm not trying to legislate against them either. You wanna own one, and you keep it safe, that's fine with me.
OK, with that out of the way, here is my question.
I listened to the podcast last week where Cap't Jack advocated carrying your personal firearm on you at all times in the home, except for when you go to bed, and then it's under the mattress. this makes it less likely that children will find and play with it, and makes it on-hand should you need to defend yourself - both make sense, I guess.
However, I was surprised. This just seems so alien to me. I'm interested in people's personal experiences and thoughts here.
Do you really
feel safer walking around your own home with a holstered gun on you at all times
? Eating dinner? Shaving? Doing the dishes? Kissing your wife? ..... Isn't this a little paranoid?
Doesn't it make you feel besieged at all times, even in the supposed sanctuary of your own house? Wouldn't upgraded security be more effective and less stressful - stop the bad guys getting into your home in the first place (which was my response after the burglary)? Aren't there times you'd prefer not to be carrying a weapon? It just seems like some gung-ho Dirty Harry fantasy.
Like I said, please let me know your experiences and thoughts, what made you feel this was the best solution for you. I just can't imagine ever wanting to constantly carry a gun in my own home. If my neighbours had been murdered in a home invasion, maybe I can understand the feeling, but other than that I just can't get my head around this as a choice you would willingly make. Are things in the USA that bad?
Hope I haven't offended anyone, I'm just trying to understand something which seems so alien to what I and 99.9% of Australians would consider "normal".