What does Rabbi Miller feel about having a gun at home? If not that, what can we have for security?
Where there are children in the house it is impossible to have a gun. Where there are no children, it could be.
Now, whether it is legal or not, that is something you have to check, I cannot tell you. It could be it’s possible to have a gun but it’s very important to know that little children will sometimes discover things that you concealed. When I was a little boy I found a gun; my father’s gun. My father had a grocery store and he had a gun under the cash register. I took the gun out in the backyard and I experimented with it. I took a bullet and I put it between the planks of a fence, and then I took a nail and I put it against the cartridge at the back and I banged with a hammer. It exploded back into my face – I was bleeding all over. And so, with little children it is out of the question.
What else can you do? Many things. One thing is, never leave your door open. Even if your children are playing outside don’t leave the door open; they have to knock on the door to come back again. Doors must be closed always. That is a very important point.
And of course don’t answer the door with a remote control bell and let somebody come into your vestibule unless you know who is there. I know a case of a woman in Boro Park, she lost her life; she pressed the button in reply to the bell and an Italian boy came up and killed her. So don’t answer unless you know who is there. Very important! You have to look through the door and see who is there. So keeping your door closed and porch doors closed – even if you have a porch on the second floor – is very important.
Keeping your windows closed is very important. And it’s easy to secure windows. Bore a hole and put a nail in. It’s very easy to open when you need it but from the outside it can’t be opened.
There are other simple forms of self-precaution that people can practice. I am sure there are better experts than I am. It’s a big mitzvah to secure your home and many times a person can save lives by very simple precautions.
By the way, while we are talking about safety, there is a big tzadik who is spreading information about safety in the home; he is right here in our shul. And it is very important information not only against criminals coming into your home, but also against accidents. It’s very important to study that. Ed. click here to “study that”.
TAPE # 947