shotgun next to my bed with the safey off. Someone should explain to me what the real issue is keeping it loaded with safety off. I live alone, no kids. No one but me to touch it.
All the explaining in the world isn't going to do any good if you're old enough to legally own a firearm and don't comprehend the issues involved with waking suddenly in the dark and fumbling around reaching for a loaded shotgun with the safety off.
Your mental processes just aren't up to it.