So what does everyone do with their gun when it isn't on their hip or you aren't in the same room as the gun?
Do you keep it in a gun safe?
Do you keep it in the nightstand?
Loaded? unloaded? Unloaded with a full magazine close by?
Loaded with a trigger lock?
Where and in what condition do you keep your gun while you are asleep?
I am curious because obviously for self defense you want the gun as ready as possible which would be somewhere easily accessible and loaded.
Of course leaving a loaded gun in a drawer when you are not in the room seems unsafe. Since your kid, a neighbor kid, or anyone else could walk in and hurt themselves or others. Even if it wasn't loaded, if the gun wasn't locked up then someone could possibly find ammunition, load the gun, and cause trouble. I have no problem with a loaded gun if you are in the same room as it 100% of the time since obviously you have complete control over who can access it.
What about the times when you leave the room? Do you keep it loaded and ready but then unload it and lock it up before leaving?
What do you do with your gun while you drive? Do you drive with the holster on? Take it off and put it in the passenger seat? Put it in the glove box (assuming CCW)?
What do you do with your gun when you are somewhere you can't carry? Do you leave it in the car? loaded? unloaded? Locked up? In the glove box?
I would guess the best way would be to keep it on your holster on you, when you are home you can take the holster off and keep it in the same room, and if you leave the room or leave the house then put the holster back on.
I just wanted to see some different ideas of how various people balance saftey and self defense.