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I agreed with this, as I do not want to have an accident in our home with our children to come (that we now have) or any child for that matter. However in the case that we did encounter a home invasion that use of a firearm would neutralize the situation I did not want to be unarmed and therefore be preyed upon.
I know many parents have had this discussion over the years, as I had heard many families solutions to this problem; frankly I have found that most of their solutions only solve one of the two problems. With how passionate both my wife and I were about this topic we had to work together to find a solution that solved both problems well.
Solution 1: Buy a Gun Safe
The first thing I realized is that i didn't need access to all of my guns at once. So we purchased a safe that we keep most of the firearms locked up in. Some may scoff at this answer, however if there is a situation where you need you entire arsenal then you are probably outgunned, unless you only have one or two guns in your arsenal.
Solution 2: Carry a gun all the time
Obviously I don't carry in the shower (the water caused my gun to rust and the leather holster to deteriorate) or while I sleep (most of the time). However during waking hours at home I carried my concealed gun. I had never thought about this until my concealed weapons instructor and good friend Mike Stillwell taught our class "if someone breaks into your home and tries to take or hurt one of your children you need to be able to defend them and you." The easiest way of doing that is to have your sidearm at your side.
Solution 3: Buy a small safe to keep near the bed
One winter we had an invasion in our home. It was the middle of the night and I head a distinct sound. I keep my concealed carry gun in a small safe next to the bed along with a flashlight. I immediately got out of bed and starting clearing the rooms one by one in my underwear. Once I determined the home was free of a threat I went back to bed, but I could not fall asleep I could not shake what I heard. So I put on my headlamp and slipped my handgun safe (still unlocked from retrieving my weapon originally) under the covers with me and went back to sleep. I was going to be ready if the black masked home invader tried to attack. Upon a careful investigation in the daylight the following day, we truly did have a black masked home invader, one even with opposable thumbs, a raccoon had come in through our chimney flue and I had probably scarred it back up the chimney while clearing rooms in my unmentionables the night before.