EDIT: If you own a gun for protection purposes and have kids...
I have a question for you. Wouldn't "childproofing" (for lack of a better word) your gun also make it inaccessible to you in the event you need it to protect yourself? And if it does, what is the point of having it? I'm not trying to start a gun debate, I've always just honestly wondered this. When that woman from NJ was attacked in her home and beat up in front of her kid, a lot of people were saying things like "this is why you need a gun in your house" and what not. But I don't think it would have helped her even if she did, because she wouldn't have been able to get it anyway. Correct me if I'm wrong, but it seems to me that the only way to have it readily accessible for self-defense purposes would be to have it loaded and stored someplace where it's easy to get if needed, in which case how to you keep your kids from getting it and having an accident? Again, I'm NOT trying to start a gun debate, I'm simply asking to be educated on how that all works. I'm strictly talking about having a gun for self-defense reasons, if you have one to hunt or for sport or whatever then this doesn't really apply to you.
Thanks for all the responses ladies!
One of the comments posted this: http://www.nationwidechildrens.org/cirp-gun-safety
And I have to say even I was shocked by the 'myths' section and I don't even have a gun. I was surprised by the number of posters with small children who keep their guns loaded and unlocked around the house. Honestly, that seems like an accident waiting to happen to me, but to each her own.