Firearm Safety and Children
By: Jason Byrd
Guns are a part of our society. The debate will burn on ad infinitum as to whether or not that is a good thing. We believe they’re a good thing in responsible hands, but its up to everyone to make an educated opinion on that subject. The reality though, is that they are out there and there’s a chance our children may encounter them at some point in their lives. If you are a gun owner, hopefully you’re a responsible one and keep them locked up to prevent unauthorized access. How you do so is your business based on your home defense plan or whatever your families needs are. The troubling thing is that there have been too many news reports of children killed or injured because of them coming across an unsecured firearm. Many of these could have been prevented solely by means of proper storage or proper education.
Firearm Safety is a topic that should be discussed openly with children. Children are curious explorers, running around discovering the world filled with things that are all brand new to them. Try as we might on some things, life is not lived through vicarious lessons but by experiences. By dispelling the mystery and providing a plan, we remove the inherent dangers. We open the door to them to ask questions rather than it being a thing they’re afraid to ask and therefore kept secret and they kept in the dark on how to safely handle these situations.
The NRA has had a program for a number of years called Eddie the Eagle. Its purpose being to teach children what to do if they come across a firearm unsecured. Its a great program and has been taught in homes and schools with great success. The rules are simple… Stop, Don’t Touch, Run Away, Tell an Adult. Plain and simple, firearms are to be handled under the supervision of an adult. Even young competition shooter run their training and competitions with their trusted adult nearby.
The NRA has recently released an updated version of the program. To an adult, its pretty cheesy at times but it does a good job of teaching something that should be taught to everyone, regardless of their opinion of guns. For them, against them, don’t care. The fact of things is that Pandora’s Box was opened with the invention of gun powder. Even if guns were to be outlawed today, they would still exist in our society. Will that pragmatic thought process, why not teach your children what to do and to talk openly about this. It removes the mystery from it and gives them a set of rules to follow that could very well be a the difference between life and death.
If you or your children still have questions, please contact us any time. We can offer you ways to talk with your children about guns, educate you on them so that you can talk to your children, or even give a class to your children with a lesson plan approved by you before we do so. Also, if you’re uncertain of storage options for your home, call us and we would be more than happy help you with that.
Remember, the goal of Family Safety Training Center isn’t politics or to sway anyone to one way of thinking or another. We just understand that there are dangers out there and our goal is to provide you with the skills and knowledge to be better prepared to face them.
Take care everyone and be safe.
P.S. Here’s a nice Infographic to go along with it that the NRA just released posted on Outdoorhub.com