Wow. Our experiment is off to a great start—let's see if we can finish it off sooner than expected.
This Sunday, the New York Times published an extensive report on children accidentally killed by guns. Most of the tragic examples cited involved kids (almost always boys) coming across an unsecured firearm. As Mother Jones has previously reported, owning a gun has been found to substantially increase the risk of accidental death. Studies have also found that 40 percent of homes with guns and kids have at least one unlocked firearm. And an experiment by the American Academy of Pediatrics found that one third of 8- to 12-year-old boys who find a handgun will pull the trigger.
Nevertheless, the National Rifle Association has fought efforts to require safer gun storage. On its website, it even sells various gun storage products that ensure easy access to loaded weapons—without safeguards to protect curious kids (or anyone else). Here are a few:
The NRA Minuteman Concealment Mantel Clock
The NRA Store claims that, "like our revolutionary heroes," this mahogany-stained working clock "conceals an underlying, defensive capability." Simply pulling back on the clock's magnetic front panel allows "quick access" to a gun up to 8 inches long, offering you a "heightened sense of security in your home."
NRA Diversion/Concealment Book Set
These hollowed-out book covers' "elegant spines blend seamlessly with other fine literature" and easily open to store handguns up to 10.5 inches long. They come in two colors: The red set comes with the titles Life and Liberty and The Framework of Freedom. The black set comes with Eternal Vigilance and Rendezvous with Destiny.
NRA Amendment II Peacemaker Wooden Box
With decorations "reminiscent of 19th century Western designs," this pine, birch, and poplar box features images of an American flag, three Peacemaker revolver, and the full text of the Second Amendment on a removable lid covering enough space for a real Peacemaker. The box is recommended for storing a flag, jewelry, documents, or "other items in need of old fashioned American protection" (hint, hint).
NRA Concealed Carry Day Planner
Featuring separate compartments for a handgun and a three-ring binder stocked with calendar pages, this tactical organizer also has lockable zippers—but a lock is not included.
NRA Under the Desk Holster
For those who need a firearm handy while checking email or paying bills, the NRA touts this desk holster as an "an easy way to inconspicuously keep your handgun at arm's length." The elastic holster is designed to "safely and securely" fit any size handgun.
When combined with the NRA Slide Holster, the Holster Mate® allows you to slip your holster off your belt and onto a metal bracket that fits between your bed's mattress and box spring. A hook-and-loop backing is included to eliminate slippage.