ABOUT

HOW THE RESEARCH STARTED

My name is Dave Goetzinger. I established Handgun Safe Research after writing a piece of investigative journalism titled “Gun Safe Cracking.” The article first appeared in the online version of American Shooting Journal, July 21, 2015. A print version of the article appeared in the September 2015 newsstand issue of ASJ. I later wrote a follow-up piece titled “Lawfully Defective Gun Safes” for Ammoland Shooting Sports News.

I don’t often write for gun magazines or gun blogs, because they are more concerned with selling product and securing advertising than they are with preventing the sale of flimsy and dangerous products, which is my concern as a hacker--or hacktivist. To complicate matters, I’ve found that criticizing an industry even peripheral to gun ownership can be seen as criticism of gun ownership.

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The truth is, though I support gun ownership I don't believe ready access to a firearm is essential for maintaining home security. Visitors to this site who think they are at risk of a home invasion would be better off investing in high-security deadbolts that are difficult to pick, barricade hardware for doors, and bars for lower-story windows. A gun is a last resort when defending one’s home, and gun ownership is probably unnecessary for most people.

What else do I do?

When not recording video for my YouTube channel, I sometimes dabble in short documentary filmmaking. The piece embedded here, "god, guns, and liberty," is my attempt to capture the inanity of a failed Right-Wing rally held on August 10th, 2019, in Eugene, Oregon.

The Proud Boys scheduled the rally, which was supposed to be a Trump support rally. But the Proud Boys pulled out at the last minute. Rally participants who made an appearance included Trump supporters, 2nd-Amendment supporters, Oregon 3 Percenters, and at least one group of White-Supremacist bikers, the Badgers. Many more people gathered in protest, preventing any possibility of hate speech being voiced.