What Happened to the Guns of Oklahoma City?


The recent tornado devastation in Moore, OK, was a terrible tragedy and Americans across the nation should send their prayers and financial help if they can. One survivor who lost a home discounted the loss as “just stuff” and was thankful for her safety and that of her family. Eventually, homeowners will have to deal with the reality of their lost possessions, including important papers, insurance documents, even firearms. Given the rural nature of Oklahoma, certainly many residents had firearms stored in their homes and the loss of family heirlooms just adds to the tragedy.

seymour[1]Gun safes are excellent ways of preserving documents, valuables, and firearms, yet I’d like to suggest that safe manufacturers go a step further and produce a human safe — a heavy, compact metal box that can be opened from the inside so that a family can squeeze in and survive the 15 minutes of terror that a violent storm may produce. A safe room can be expensive to build, yet a personal safe could be bolted to the floor and shelter a family of four or five for a reasonable price.

Whether you want a gun safe for protection or are entrepreneur enough to develop a personal safe, the folks at Cannon Safe have developed a booklet,  Seven Tips for Purchasing a Safe, to make your purchase fit your needs — large or small, fire or theft, whatever. Read the free booklet, then try to help the folks in Oklahoma any way you can.

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Joe Byers
Joe Byers has more than 1,000 magazine articles in print and is currently a field editor with Whitetail Journal, Predator Xtreme, Whitetails Unlimited, Crossbow Revolution, and African Hunting Journal magazines. He’s spent the last three decades depicting the thrill of the chase and photographing the majesty of all things wild. Byers is a member of the Professional Outdoor Media Association and numerous other professional and conservation organizations.