In a recent webinar with Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action Against Gun Violence, Sen. Elizabeth Warren was discussing a bill she introduced that, in part, requires every gun sold in America to come with a lock. She firmly stated, “It’s just a basic safety feature. You can’t buy a car without brakes; you shouldn’t be able to buy a gun without a lock on it.”
Put on the Brakes
I had to stop watching the presentation, entitled “Demanding Women: Quarantine Conversations About Gun Violence.” I just couldn’t figure out how, exactly, brakes on vehicles and locks on firearms were comparable.
It’s my understanding that brakes are a normal, necessary, built-in function of a car, insomuch as every vehicle is intentionally designed to be able to not only move but also slow down and stop on the command of the user. That’s how cars — and brakes — are designed to work. Of course, brakes don’t always work properly, and they certainly aren’t failsafe. Do brakes keep bad guys from stealing cars? Unfortunately, no. Do brakes keep children safe if they decide to go for a joy ride? Sadly, no.
Brakes aren’t foolproof either. In fact, in most vehicular accidents, people aren’t hurt and killed because brakes weren’t on the vehicle or because the brakes didn’t work. People are hurt and killed because they drove while impaired or distracted. More than likely, they made mistakes or didn’t react quickly enough to their environments.
Lock It Away
So why does Sen. Warren believe a lock for a firearm would be comparable to brakes on a car? A firearm is designed to launch a projectile when someone presses the trigger … not to launch it and then slow down and stop it upon command of the user. Locks are not normal, necessary, built-in functions of a firearm. Locks just render the gun useless. Maybe that’s exactly her point?
Elizabeth Warren, Shannon Watts and many others claim to be pro-gun and claim to champion safety, but they spent a good portion of their webinar — which was promoted as being about safe gun storage — bashing organizations like the NRA and spewing lies that gun owners just don’t care. These women and so many anti-gun folks seem to believe that gun owners are careless monsters who don’t blink an eye if innocent people are harmed or killed by the malicious or negligent use of firearms. That couldn’t be farther from the truth. We do care about life. That’s precisely why we have guns — to have options to protect life!
Of course, I have no issues with people having and using locks with their firearms. I don’t believe gun owners should leave loaded, unattended firearms lying haphazardly around where unauthorized and/or untrained users could easily or accidentally access them. And I think it’s a perfectly acceptable idea to use a lock on those guns that are going into storage (guns that aren’t going to be used for whatever amount of time). But it doesn’t make any sense for those of us who have firearms for personal protection and home protection (which is a vast majority of gun owners, especially women).
I certainly don’t want to be required or forced to have a lock on every gun in my home. That would mean I wouldn’t have a tool for defense that was readily available. And that could mean I’d have to fumble and fight to get the lock off my defensive firearm (and then load it) before I could use it to protect my life or the lives of others. By that time, it would likely be too late. The damage by an attacker would have already been done. How safe is that?
And that’s why we gun owners aren’t fans of “common-sense” gun laws. They just don’t make sense.
About Beth Alcazar
Author of Women’s Handgun & Self-Defense Fundamentals and associate editor of Concealed Carry Magazine, Beth Alcazar has enjoyed nearly two decades of teaching and working in the firearms industry. She holds degrees in language arts, education and communication management and uses her experience and enthusiasm to share safe and responsible firearms ownership and usage with others. Beth is certified through the NRA as a Training Counselor, Chief Range Safety Officer and Certified Instructor for multiple disciplines. She is also a Certified Instructor through SIG Sauer Academy, ALICE Institute, DRAW School, TWAW and I.C.E. Training and is a USCCA Certified Instructor and Senior Training Counselor.