@Babale you’d probably be (pleasantly) surprised at the steps many gun owners would take to secure their firearms and protect their families. The issue in part is that when the roles of firearms in the US gets debated it is normally only the extremes that are heard. People who have chosen the 2nd amendment as their line in the sand (on both sides) shout down everyone in the middle.
I know quite a few people on the gun-owners side that will loudly decry any efforts to put ‘common-sense’ gun laws into effect, seemingly terrified of the variously slippery slope arguments, while simultaneously making sure that (like me) they have all the serial numbers registered with their homeowners insurance in case of theft and $500+ gun safes in their house (still eyerolling you friend with the whiteboard) from which the firearms only come out to go hunting or to the range.
And those same people are shouting (and voting) because they hear someone on Fox news (or even CNN) say that if they had their way, firearms would be banned, or ammunition taxed at 300%, or that by being pro-second amendment, they’re murderers (similar claims on this board in the past). This is by no means the majority of people who are for some sort of gun control, but they’re the ones in the headlines. sigh Which is why so many gun threads here derail, and I think the SDMB is far more rational than the national average.
I’ve said this in other threads, so won’t belabor the point, but I’m actually more concerned (right now that is) about the first-time gun buying surge after BLM/COVID/Defund the Police who skew female/POC/liberal who have no experience or training or family history of firearms. These people are buying because they are scared, and may not have put in the sort of planning into securing the weapons that we are talking about in this thread. Not because they’re female/POC/Liberal, but because they always saw themselves as never wanting/needing a firearm and are just doing it because of circumstances. Which speaks to a whole different kettle of fish. [ for what it’s worth, in my thread about it, dopers reporting for self and family indicated that most who had done the above had taken the time to take safety/CCW classes where I promise they talk about securing your weapons]
So TL;DR this issue, like most issues, is complicated by social, financial, historical and emotional problems. People on both sides want simple answers, which do not appeal to either extreme or even the middle, and the political class cater to the extremes, making any sort of middle-ground approach problematic. Which . . . well, is the same for just about any other issue in the nation in the last decade or so.
And now I need a drink.