Speaking at the National Rifle Association's annual convention in Houston this weekend, Rob Pincus told attendees that the best practice in home defense is keeping a gun safe in a child’s bedroom. Pincus gave the speech after three different cases were reported last week of brothers shooting their sisters.
"How about putting a quick-access safe in your kids’ room?" Pincus asked the audience. "We have an emotional push back to that. Here’s my position on this. If you’re worried that your kid is going to try to break into the safe that is in their bedroom, with a gun in it, you have bigger problems than home defense."
Pincus is the owner of I.C.E. Training Company, which provides self-defense training for law enforcement, military, private security, and students, according to the company website.
"If that alarm goes off and the glass breaks and the dog starts barking, what’s the instinct that most people are going to have, in regards to, 'Am I going to run across the house to get the gun, or am I going to run over here to help the screaming kid?'" Pincus said. "And if I’m going to go to the kid anyway, and I have an extra gun and an extra safe, why not put it in their closet?"
According to the website, Pincus has experience as a law enforcement officer, an executive protection agent and as an officer in the U.S. Army Reserve.
An 8-year-old boy in Mountain Village, Ala., killed his 5-year-old sister with a rifle on Monday of last week. A 5-year-old boy in Cumberland County, Ky., fatally shot his 2-year-old sister on Tuesday with a youth rifle that was given to him as a gift.
A 9-year-old girl in Auburn, Wash. is expected to recover after her 7-year-old brother shot her with a rifle on Wednesday night.
In 2010, three times more children and teens were injured by firearms than U.S. soldiers in the Afghanistan war, according to the Children’s Defense Fund. The New England Journal of Medicine reported guns kill twice as many children as cancer.