Hand Gun for Home Self DefenseThe recession is wreaking havoc on the middle class. Jobless Americans  are becoming more and more desperate to provide for their families. Crime seems to be rising just as fast as Main Street’s desperation. Many people are looking for safe handguns to defend themselves against  possible armed robbers and simply just the natural born instinct to protect their families from danger.

One thing is for sure, fearful Americans are purchasing guns in record numbers as the economy continues its death spiral into what many feel is the “Great Depression II.” 

Gun maker, Smith & Wesson, expects to nearly double its annual sales in the next three to five years as demand for its guns soars. Smith & Wesson is not the only gun company reporting record profits.

Glock, the maker of the infamous Glock 9mm and the leader in law enforcement markets, says pistol sales rose by 71 per cent in the first quarter of the financial year for 2010, in relation to the same time last year.

We have all heard the old adage, “Guns don’t kill people, people kill people” and to a great extent that is true. A handgun can be a tremendous deterrent to crime and a great choice for personal self-defense, but with every right comes and equal (and often greater) responsibility. To be able to protect your family and your home, you must truly become proficient and comfortable with a handgun or else it will likely be used against you.

Let that point sink in. In other words, if you are going to go this route, then do it right. Whether required by law or not, do yourself a favor and get some professional training on your new handgun. Begin going to the range once a month and truly become proficient with it – so that it is natural and so that you have a command of it.

Once you do, you must also realize that everyone in your house needs to be taken into account. Is your spouse afraid of it? Do your children have access to it? You must really think through all of these issues and take all due precautions. Teenage suicides are much higher today than they were decades ago and a gun can make that far too easy.

Don’t think it can’t happen to you – take all of the proper precautions and don’t skimp on lockup devices, trigger locks and such. Remember that having a handgun is as much, if not more, of a responsibility as it is a right – so make sure and give it the respect it deserves.

However, this right is also considered a privilege that can be taken away at anytime for violating state and federal gun ammo laws or being convicted of a felony can take this privilege to arm yourself away at anytime. For example, ex-felons are stripped of their 2nd amendment rights indefinitely and can no longer arm themselves with any type of fire arm for the rest of their lives.

It is important that you know our gun laws before you purchase a weapon so you do not end up behind bars yourself.

Moe Bedard
My name is Maurice "Moe" Bedard. I am the founder of America's #1 Mortgage Forum, LoanSafe.org. My online work has been featured in the New York Times, LA Times, Fox Business, and many other media publications.