Please help me get a handle on this. I just found out my 23 year old cousin is getting a gun. He's also getting some permit or something so that he can carry it concealed on him all the time. I'm not a guns person. I feel like I'm more likely to get hurt from a gun that someone owns to protect himself than from some crazy person out to shoot me.
My cousin lives out of town, so I'm in no immediate danger ;) but now I'm concerned for my children at our family get-togethers. I'm somehow picturing either my cousin wearing his gun at the party, showing it off passing it around, and what not. Or having it tossed in his luggage while he stays at his parents house and them some child running around the house finding it and hurting someone. I'm totally going crazy imagining all of these scenarios. My first instinct is that I do not want to be over at my aunt/uncle's house if my cousin's got his gun. But then is that just because I am aware of the gun? How many other people who's houses I frequent have guns in their houses in random drawers and what not? If I'm not going to go to these parties because of this gun, do I know have to ask every place I go with my children if there's a gun in the house? Is this something I should be doing already?
From reading online it seems that people with children should have their guns unloaded locked up with the ammo locked up in a separate location. Great, but who really does this? How is a gun supposed to "protect" someone if they need to unlock two locations, and then load the gun to use it?
Lastly, am I being overcautious? I try to be all free-rangey with my kids, and not a helicopter like parent, but I guess I don't really know the statistics about how likely my sons are to be hurt from a gun. Is this worth my time worrying about?