This blog is not a political platform, and I don’t intend for that to change. However, a recent discussion on a forum made me want to write this post.
No matter where you stand on the issue of gun control, I think it’s important for your children to know a few basics about gun safety.
In my opinion, all children should know to take the following steps if they ever see a gun.
Do not touch
Leave the area
Tell an adult
While we all hope our children would never stumble upon a firearm at a playground or a friend’s house (and most of us take steps to make sure that doesn’t happen) it’s not unheard of. This discussion should be ongoing, like any other serious subject (fire safety, growing up etc.)
Even if you have no desire to ever see or touch a firearm in your lifetime, I think all adults should know the following basic safety rules:
Always assume a firearm is loaded
Do not aim at anything you don’t intend to shoot
Keep your finger off the trigger unless you are ready to shoot
If you are a hunter or recreational target shooter, you will know additional rules like knowing what is beyond your target, how to assure your firearm is not loaded, how to clean it etc. However, these basic safety rules are must have knowledge for everyone in my opinion.
I think it is absolutely heartbreaking every time I see a news story about an accidental shooting and wanted to share these reminders.
No matter how you feel about guns, have you had any discussions with your children about what to do if they see a gun?