by LaDonna Lowe
Your home. Your castle. We all want to feel safe and comfortable in our home. I want to talk to you about safety within that home. I am a believer in the right of a home owner being able to defend his home with a firearm. But you also need to be able to use that firearm safely while protecting yourself and your home. Aside from the obvious safety rules that e
veryone should always observe with a firearm, there are things in the home that you need to remember.
You are lying in bed asleep and you hear a noise in the kitchen. What do you do? Do you get up and go see what it is? Or do you dial 911? Do you get the gun or do you assume it is one of the children getting a snack?
Where are the children? Are they asleep in their room? Where is their room located in the house? If you had to shoot your gun inside the house would the round go through the wall and hit your child lying asleep in their bed?
Do you have an escape plan that the whole family knows?
Do you have a safe word that sends the whole family into action?
ions all need answers before you find yourself confronted with them.
You need to know what in your home cover is and what concealment is. There is a HUGE difference.
I will try to give you an idea of how to come up with a plan that will work for your family in an emergency situation.
1. Have a plan and make sure everyone is aware of the plan. PRACTICE THE PLAN!
2. Know the difference between concealment and cover. Cover will deflect a gunshot. i.e. a filled bookcase, a brick wall, a closet with filled tubs. Concealment only hides you from the bad guy. It doesn’t do anything to protect you from an onco
3. Have a safe word that you can say that will put everyone into action. NO QUESTIONS ASKED.
4. Know where your children are and how you will get them in case of an emergency.
5. Have a safe r
oom where you can wait on police to arrive. A room with a window is preferred.
6. Have supplies in your safe room in case you need to be in there for a while. i.e. flashlight, cell phone, medications, water, ammo, guns.
7. Keep an old discarded cell phone in the safe room and keep it charged. You can still call 911 on a phone that is no longer used. There is so much more that needs to be said about these ideas but this will help you develop a plan of your own so you can be prepared in case of an emergency.
My name is LaDonna Lowe . I am 55 years old; I am originally from Arkansas, now living in Georgia. I am a wife of almost 40 years and a mother of 2 daughters. I am a grandmother to the most precious little 5 year old girl ever born. I guess you could say I am a born and bred Southern redneck girl and I love to shoot guns. I am an NRA Certified Pistol Instructor, NRA Certified Range Safety Offi cer and a Certified Personal Protection Inside the Home Instructor. I have always dreamed of becoming a police officer but chose family instead and have never regretted one minute of it, But I would still like to be a police offi cer so this is as close as I can come. I have worked in public schools for years. So giving lessons in pistol use and safety is like going home. I look forward to being able to share my passion and knowledge of firearms with you often.