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.
I agree with this assessment. As others have opined, get used to where your safety is located on your shotgun and train to use it reflexively. Triggers on most shotguns are entirely too light in terms of pounds to pull and have way too short of a pull index to trust not firing the gun inadvertently with the safety off and a round chambered in what is, by definition in terms of the intended use (self-defense), a high stress situation.