Security, Safety and Responsibility in the 21st Century

From the very beginning mankind has had to meet certain basic needs in order to survive. As society began to proliferate and the basics of food, shelter, and water became commonly available in most areas of the world other needs arose. Communication, security, fertile land, and trade became necessary as society grew and spread around the world. As society expanded these new necessities became more and more important, and would eventually become a large part of all human interaction.


As different societies grew connected and trade became common, communication became not only a necessity, but also a barrier. Different customs often led to misunderstandings between different societies and cultures, often leading to conflicts and wars. Though many societies formed alliances, groups, kingdoms or even empires, wars over trade routes, goods and lands were common. Thus security and securing one’s land and people became as critical to society as food, water and shelter.


While most early security measures consisted of armed guards or lookouts, innovation and technology was quickly applied to the science of security. It was not long before locks for doors, sealed boxes, large gates, and walled cities became common practices in keeping one’s home and city safe from intruders and invaders. As technology grew and spread security and safety were always amongst the first areas of society to be developed. From the development of steel weapons, to the modern day proliferation of firearms and long range weapons of mass destruction, human society has obsessed over security and safety.


Personal Safety and Security of Firearms


While society as a whole has been obsessed with protecting itself, so has the individual. It is estimated that nearly half of all US households currently contain a firearm of some sort. A part of American society going back to the revolutionary war, many Americans keep firearms for personal protection. With such a high amount of personally owned guns in homes the need for proper security and training is also vital, leading to many forms of security for guns.


Without proper safety measures or training any weapon can be dangerous, and in the wrong hands a firearm especially so. Gun safes have been a popular method of securing firearms for many years, and as technology has improved, so have the methods of securing guns. One of the latest technological advances in safe technologies is biometric encoding; a form of lock that can only be opened via fingerprint identification, or other personal biological data. Items such as a biometric handgun safe require fingerprint identification before they can be opened, protecting not only the owners family from themselves, but also intruders who would wish to open and/or use them.


The Responsibility of Security


While security and safety are primary concerns for every individual, responsibility is also necessary. Thanks to technology modern day personal protection varies wildly, and ranges from alarm systems to handguns, and everything in between. However it is still the responsibility of the individual to make sure they are not endangering themselves or others through carelessness. While tripping an alarm may only end up in a few cars at your home and some embarrassment, leaving a gun out could lead to tragedy and disaster.


When it comes to guns “better safe than sorry” is a very good motto. As technology advances so does our ability to protect ourselves, not only from others, but from accidents and ourselves. From simple trigger locks to the ultra-modern biometric handgun safe, responsibility is the first step towards security and safety. With modern technology, and a little common sense, safety and security don’t have to be relics of the past, but can bring peace of mind to any home.


-Ryan Huff

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