I myself don't own a gun, partly because it's illegal in New York City and mostly because I drink too much for it to be a good idea; but I still find gun safe inventor Bruce Pendleton relatable when he says, in the traditional ID spirit, "I couldn't find [what I was looking for], so I built it." What he was looking for and built was a better gun storage safe: High-contrast interior, user-customizable racks, LED lights and an almost absurd storage capacity--it looks like this one case will hold more guns than they used in the entire Civil War.
Check out the promotional vid, which starts off with the best opening line ever:
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More people are killed in auto accidents every year than in gun crime, should we stop making cars? You can stab someone with a kitchen knife, should we stop making those? You can hit someone with a hammer, should we stop building? Any kind of production creates pollution, should we stop production?
I live in a country where responsibly owned firearms overthrew an over reaching and tyrannical government. In America, gun ownership has risen over the past 10 years and crime has done nothing but gone down (over half of all gun crimes here are gang on gang crimes). Inversely, London has seen a spike in violent crimes and home invasions since they outlawed private ownership of firearms.
You trust people to live peacefully, but you put a piece of metal and plastic in someone's hand and they're suddenly a murderer? A gun is no different than a hammer, a tool used for a purpose defined by the holder.
Guns protect people, a firearm can protect a 100lbs woman from a 250lbs rapist, a gun can protect a family from a burglar, a gun can protect a police officer with a family at home. Guns can liberate masses from a dictator. Guns are not evil, they are tools.
I'm a completely law-abiding citizen (heck, I even buy my music!) there's nothing wrong with responsible members (There are very strict rules and means of obtaining a firearm, FBI background check, etc) of society having the means to protect themselves and their loved ones.
Sorry for the rant, but as a gun owner and designer I had to clarify things for people, I don't want people getting the wrong idea about firearms.
Weapons kill people because they have been designed for that, it is not that "a lead projectile" is miraculously sent towards a person.
Weapons are the most extreme case of negative design ever created and I believe designers should be busy thinking of solutions that promote anything but violence.
As a gun owner and designer, the only critique I have of it is the top teir shelf. The lazy susan layout almost guarantees that you will have a gun pointed at you whenever you open the safe. Granted, it's not in someone's hand, but the first rule of being around firearms is to treat every firearm as if it was loaded, and I don't want a loaded gun pointed at me. I would have the upper tier place the pistols in a vertical position, other than that it's an excellent idea.
I don't own any firearms myself, although I did have to carry a rifle at times when I was doing bear research. Fortunately for both the research staff and the bears, we never had to use it. I have a close friend who is a collector and who owns over 400 firearms, including many antiques. From that perspective, this does look like a very methodical and well-constructed design. I forwarded the link along...