Sunday, January 15, 2006

Firearms Safety

It's been a while since my last firearms safety related post and high time we covered the basics again.

What Should You Teach Your Child About Gun Safety?

STOP!

Don't Touch.

Leave the Area.

Tell an Adult

The initial steps of "Stop" and "Don't Touch" are the most important. To counter the natural impulse to touch a gun, it is imperative that you impress these steps of the safety message upon your child.

In today's society, where adult supervision is not always possible, the direction to "Leave the Area" is also essential. Under some circumstances, area may be understood to be a room if your child cannot physically leave the apartment or house.

"Tell an Adult" emphasizes that children should seek a trustworthy adult, neighbor, relative or teacher -- if a parent or guardian is not available.

The NRA's Eddie Eagle GunSafe Program includes an instructor guide, activity books, poster, and an animated video to explain its four-step safety message. For more information about the program, visit www.nrahq.org/safety/eddie or call (800) 231-0752.

Basic Gun Safety Rules
Although the NRA has complete gun safety rules available for specific types of firearm use (hunting and competition, for example), the following three rules are fundamental in any situation. Whether or not you own a gun, it is important to know these rules so that you may insist that others follow them.

Always keep the gun pointed in a safe direction. Whether you are shooting or simply handling a gun, never point it at yourself or others.

Common sense will tell you which direction is the safest. Outdoors, it is generally safe to point the gun toward the ground, or, if you are at a shooting range, toward the target. Indoors, be mindful of the fact that a bullet can penetrate ceilings, floors, walls, windows, and doors.

Always keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot. When holding a gun, rest your trigger finger outside the trigger guard alongside the gun. Until you are actually ready to fire, do not touch the trigger.

From the NRA's website.

2 comments:

kodyboy said...

go to kodyjohnsonfoundation.org. this is what we want to teach in our area. looking for advice and support. leave your comments there for us

roninaz said...

Your site states a desire to have a bill require parental notification before beginning firearms training.

This is at best infeasible.

Families are always faced by their children learning some things from their peers or at schools. Should a parent not want this to happen they must take proactive action to teach their children about the important facts in life.

Whether these facts are related to procreation, morality, their own biology, faith in the Almighty or the understanding of firearms safety there is no way to insure that parental notification happens related to firearms safety.

Every time your child turns on the television they have the opportunity to learn about operating weapons.

Requiring parental consent in this fashion is at beast a feel good measure and is not worthy of any sponsorship.