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Rock45
August 24, 2003, 09:48 AM
Last night while watching the telly I saw a new Publix commercial. (Publix is a grocery chain in the southeast). Starts out with a young girl in the kitchen, cooking up one heckuva breakfast. Then in the door comes Daddy, an LEO obviously just getting off from the graveyard shift...removes his duty belt with weapon and HANGS IT ON A HOOK BY THE DOOR! :banghead:

I'm not sure why this bothered me so much, but it seemed incredibly irresponsible...knowing he's gonna crash after breakfast and leave his duty weapon hanging by the back door!

Has anyone else seen this?

Am I just being overly critical?

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CatsDieNow
August 24, 2003, 10:29 AM
If you think that's bad...I saw a commercial yesterday for the DVD version of Bowling for Columbine. Ironically enough, this was immediatly followed by a commercial for caskets.

I decided it was time to turn off the TV and take the dog for a walk. ;)

Hkmp5sd
August 24, 2003, 10:38 AM
You're just assuming he is going to leave it there. I used to toss my Glock (cleared, magazine out) on top of the fridge when I got home and there where kids in the house. It was just a temporary storage location.

Besides, given it is a LEO duty holster, it's probably in one of the safest places in the house. Many adults can't get a handgun out of a retention rig, much less a child. :)

TheOtherOne
August 24, 2003, 10:46 AM
Yes! That is a major problem! I always take the responsibility to hide my loaded gun in the vegetable crisper where the boy will never find it.

Redlg155
August 24, 2003, 11:12 AM
It could be worse.

I vaguely remember a sitcom where the dad comes home from his police work and then strores his duty weapon in a shoe box in the closet. I never did figure that one out.

Vegetable crisper? As of late I've been told that the oven is the most fashionable location to keep your handguns. :D

Good Shooting
Red

Rock45
August 24, 2003, 11:33 AM
Besides, given it is a LEO duty holster, it's probably in one of the safest places in the house. Many adults can't get a handgun out of a retention rig, much less a child.

I'm sorry, but I have children, too! Kids can disassemble a car without tools! There is no such thing as childproof, there is only escalation of the challenge!:D

Dave P
August 24, 2003, 01:41 PM
I give publix a thumbs-up just for having an ad with a weapon in it! And let's give give the girl some credit - would you expect her to go postal just cuz a gun is close by? No one said he was going to leave it there all day.

CWL
August 24, 2003, 03:26 PM
Children should be trained to respect and never touch potentially dangerous tools such as firearms. That little girl seems to be trusted near kitchen knives.

There was a time not long ago when people kept a loaded shotgun or .22 leaning near the back door.

Black92LX
August 24, 2003, 03:41 PM
Yes! That is a major problem! I always take the responsibility to hide my loaded gun in the vegetable crisper where the boy will never find it.

That is the greatest Simpsons Episode EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Kevlarman
August 24, 2003, 04:13 PM
I don't really see the problem. Assuming the father trusts the young lass enough to cook breakfast with all those big scary knives and fire, why not trust her with firearms?

Come to think of it, if she's probably cooking breakfast by herself, it might mean that he's the only parent in the household. She might possibly be a latchkey kid, and her father might have taught her how to use the home shotgun for self defense.

LiquidTension
August 24, 2003, 04:42 PM
Whatever, it's just a commercial. It has no more bearing on reality than beer commercials that make it look like drinking Budweiser will make you the sexiest man alive and cause hot women to flock to you :rolleyes:

As far as having a weapon in a commercial, most people don't even think about that kind of thing as long as it's a LEO. Now, if they'd had a permit holder come home and unload his carry rig, THAT would be something to see.

Moparmike
August 24, 2003, 05:15 PM
Whatever, it's just a commercial. It has no more bearing on reality than beer commercials that make it look like drinking Budweiser will make you the sexiest man alive and cause hot women to flock to you. :rolleyes: You must be doing something wrong.:D

Hanging it up there probably wouldnt be the best place. I would rather see it in his room, even if it is on his bed for the moment. I suppose that wouldnt be very safe either.

one-shot-one
August 24, 2003, 05:24 PM
:p
if you have a problem with a gun by the back door i can't imagine what you woud think of my shower gun.:eek: :eek:


:cool: kidding :D

Standing Wolf
August 24, 2003, 09:14 PM
If a father can toss his car keys on the mantel and assume his children won't hop in the family car and go berserk, why not set the pistol beside them?

Sylvilagus Aquaticus
August 25, 2003, 04:38 AM
When I get home I take off my IWB-carried pistol and place it on the dinner table behind where I normally sit. When I retire to another room, it goes with me. My kids are of an age where they know not to touch 'my' firearms.

My car keys are somewhat more open targets for them anyway.

Regards,
Rabbit.

ietrash
August 25, 2003, 04:49 AM
I've taught my children to respect firearms, just like my father did me. I wouldn't be worried about my daughter "going postal", but, I wouldn't want a BG to be able to kick down my door and have " instant access " to my carry weapon !

Orthonym
August 25, 2003, 04:52 AM
One of the few good things left in Florida. IIRC, Consumer Reports rated them the best grocery stores in the country a year or three ago.

danbh
August 25, 2003, 01:01 PM
Yes I have seen it a number of times, and your right that is not the place to leave a gun.

When he comes in the house it's the first thing that he does, so I would believe that it's where it stays.

The girl is not alone in the house watch again you will see that she checks on her mother before going to the kitchen.

If I were her father I would be al little peaved, most of the food is cold....


:)

kenehsr
August 25, 2003, 01:54 PM
Hey! What's wrong with a gun in the shower?:D

Brian Dale
August 25, 2003, 03:47 PM
My Dad was a Law Enforcement Officer (INS, 1955-1985, retired long before the episode of Elian G.). At night, on top of his side of my parents' dresser were his billfold, comb, keys, Colt Cobra and a box of .38spl. ammo. We were taught NEVER to touch any of the MANY weapons in the house unless we were with him and had permission (most of the long guns were locked away). And - how extraordinary! - we DIDN'T touch them. We knew about spankings, the loss of privileges and, most important, THE LOOK. Most of you (here at THR) are probably familiar with that look. Approval and disapproval can be powerful motivators. [/end amateur psych digression]

He also kept our natural curiosity satisfied: he took us shooting as soon as we were old enough to be able to operate a .22 single-shot rifle, gave us all of the teaching we could absorb, took my Boy Scout troop shooting, took us hunting when we moved to a place where we could hunt, and treated safety as an absolute requirement. When we were very young (younger than 5 or so), I think that he kept his revolver out of our reach. Anyway, it was a different world.

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