Beyond our painful agreement that the murderer's Mother was unqualified to own weapons, your points are just not valid. I am armed almost 24 hours a day (I generally dont carry in the shower :-)), but I also have a virtually impenetrable gun safe (to a normal burglar), even though I dont need it in my location/domestic situation. Google is your friend on that aspect.<quoted text>
You're right, for the first time I remember.
This kid's mother knew he had problems, yet kept weapons in the house.
Gun safes are a joke. I've read about burglars who think they hit the jackpot when they find a gun safe. It's like an advertisement;
"HERE'S WHERE THE GUNS ARE!!"
Trigger locks are a good idea, but you have to go much further when you have children, esp. troubled ones, the weapons should be broken down, with clips and barrels removed from semi-autos, cylinders removed in revolvers.
If you don't know how to break down your guns, you shouldn't own them.
Never have a loaded clip. Keep ammo stored separately under lock and key. The key should be with the gun owner at all times, as with the trigger lock keys.
I hope with all my heart I never have to use a weapon in defense of my life against an armed criminal, but if I do a disassembled, unloaded firarm is worse than not owning one at all....