The Protection of a Father

ScottFravel By ScottFravel, 14th Jan 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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There are many ways to provide protection for your family. This article focuses on just one of those ways. Owning a firearm can be a very effective way to provide physical protection for your family.

Protecting the Family

In my recent book, The Transforming Power of a Father, I point out some of the main ways a father is to treat his children. This is primarily based upon how we see God the Father treat His very own beloved Son, Jesus Christ in scriptures. One of the ways that a father can empower his family is by providing the appropriate protection for them so that they can live, grow, and become the people God intended them to be.

When you look throughout scripture, it is apparent that the father of a family is the one who is designed to meet this need of protection. There is a great example in Matthew 2:13:
"And angel came to Joseph in a dream and said, 'Get up! Flee! Someone is trying to destroy your son!"

The angel could have come to Mary to direct the family into a safe place for protection, for we all know that Mary was very capable of receiving a message from the Lord as well. However, Joseph was chosen to receive this message, because Joseph was the father (meaning that he held the earthly position of a father) and the father is designed to provide the protection required.

Protection can come in different forms. It may mean, as in the case we just read in scripture, that we are to flee a specific situation. It may also mean, however, that we are to protect our family with a certain amount of force.

If you choose to own a firearm to protect your family, please take your time to consider this option. While this is a very viable option, it comes with some risk and responsibility that you must weigh.

My decision

I made a decision a few years ago to purchase my first firearm. I had never grown up with guns in the house while I was a child, so this area was very new to me. I did my research and made a decision to purchase a shotgun. It is a very nice gun and I am very glad I have it. I enjoy taking it out to the range and shooting clays with some friends, so I can stay very familiar with it.

It is a very good home defense weapon since the ammunition in the shotgun spreads out when you fire it. It requires less accuracy and can take care of business very effectively.

My biggest problem with this firearm is that it is not easily hidden in the house. I have small children in the house and I do not want it in a place that they can get to it. However, I have not yet discovered a way to keep it quickly accessible to me, but at the same time keep it away from my children. Perhaps someday, I will find a good solution to this problem.

In the meantime, I have my shotgun stored inside my garage. I can get to it, but not quickly. Because of this, I have decided to purchase a handgun. I wanted a handgun that would be powerful enough to stop an intruder, but at the same time small enough that I could carry it comfortably. After looking at several models (there are many great guns out there) I chose the Springfield Armory XDS 4.0 9mm. It is a slim gun (single stack) with a short butt and a longer barrel than the 3.3 option.

I get my CCW license (Concealed Carry) license this weekend and I will be glad to finally be able to carry this with me. I have managed to create my own hiding spot for the (unloaded) firearm in my bedroom that is quickly accessible to me, yet out of reach to my children (plus, the ammunition is out of sight, so even if they find the firearm, they can't cause any harm without the ammunition).

Basically, I created a decoration on the wall that looks like many of my wife's other decorations in our bedroom (she loves the shabby chic look). So, upon observation, it just looks like the many other "weathered-white" decoration in our room. It is mounted on the wall higher than most of our kids can reach (our 12 year old can reach it, but he doesn't even pay attention to it). This decoration has a hinge on the top, which is high enough and behind the front top lip so none of them can see it. They have no idea that the entire face of this decoration flips up to reveal a compartment that is just deep enough to hold my handgun. The handgun is mounted near the top by magnets that are attached to the top and back part of the compartment.

I never open up this hiding spot unless my bedroom door is closed and locked. That way, the children have no idea that it even opens. It just looks like some decorative pieces of white wood that their mother wanted on the wall. In fact, ever since I mounted it on the wall, the kids have not even once asked about it.

Now, it would take me less than 10 seconds to get out of my bed, open the hiding place, grab the gun and load the gun. My wife feels much safer knowing that I have it near me, and I feel confident knowing that I am doing what I can to protect my family.

I do not claim to be an expert on firearms, but I do know that before you purchase a firearm, you should know what you want it for, how you plan to use it, and how you plan to store it (especially if you have kids in the house).

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Father, Fatherhood, Fathers Love, Fathers Protection, Firearm, Firearms, Guns, Protect My Family, Protection

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author avatar ScottFravel
I am a passionate follower of Jesus Christ, a husband, a father of 6 children, a pastor, and an author. I love to write about family, faith, and various life topics.

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author avatar GenkiWorld
14th Jan 2015 (#)

a wise desition as long as you practice gun safety, for guns can turn in to a family's worse tragedy too.

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author avatar ScottFravel
14th Jan 2015 (#)

Absolutely! That is always my first concern with firearms. Safety first.

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