If you have children and you have guns at home, it is necessary to teach the young ones about how to use the firearms safely and store them properly. You need to protect your children from the dangers of having a gun in the house and the best way is to give them adequate training on firearms safety. Keep in mind that firearms safety is not the same as educating them on gun use. The operative word here is safety.
Educating Kids on Gun Safety
Avoid telling the kids that they are not allowed to get near your guns, as if getting too close could result in radiation or worse an explosion. Tell them why you need a gun in the house and be very clear about its purpose.
There is no point in hiding your firearms when the children already know, so don’t even try to hide it from them. In fact the more you try to hide it, the more curious they become and you will not believe the lengths children will go to get access to your guns. Instead, secure your guns and let them know why you have to do so.
Kids And Guns – How Young Is Too Young?
Every parent asks themselves this question. If you’re lucky enough to be brought up with firearms around, this probably isn’t a big deal for you. However, within the last five years, more Americans are first-time gun owners with little to no experience. This can be a challenging issue for a parent, trying to find that balance between safety, having firearms in your home and on your person.
I am a former marine and carry every day. So naturally my five-year-old daughter has always been around guns. She started to ask questions about them around age three. Being curious about seeing dad cleaning them and one always on my side, she wanted to know what they were.
There is no magic age when children are ready to be introduced to firearms. If you’re a parent, you know that some children mature faster than others. The best thing to do is start them when you feel they can respect the weapon for what it is capable of. If you try it and see signs that they are not ready, don’t be disappointed. Just give it some more time and try again. It’s better to wait until they can safely handle a gun than risk an accident.
One mistake a lot of parents make with guns when it comes to their kids is that they make them so off limits they end up accomplishing just the opposite of goal. Let me put it this way- if you tell a child not to do something, what do they do quite often? The child will do exactly what you said not to. The best way to cure their curiosity is to make sure they know never to touch them without your permission but at the same time can see them if they simply ask. Removing this “forbidden fruit” and showing them the destructive power they possess can prevent an accident.
Teach your children on the basics of handling a firearm. If you don’t feel competent enough, hire a certified instructor. Firearms maintenance is also important. After all, a neglected gun is an unreliable and dangerous gun.
Tell your kids about the basic gun safety rules that you learned yourself such as assuming that the gun is loaded, not pointing it at somebody else, checking twice to make sure it is unloaded, keeping the information that you have firearms at home a secret, and wearing proper eye and ear protection, among many others.
Keep teaching your kids these rules and to always abide by them. Remember, if you were able to teach them the basic life skills, you will also be successful in training them on the gun safety rules.
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