For the anti-gun dads out there. For the gun owning dads out there. DO THIS. TEACH GUN SAFETY. No matter what. If you have guns in the house. If you think guns should be illegal. Teach you, children, firearm safety. There is nothing worse than reading a story about a kid shooting another kid. Or shooting themselves. In every case I have come across a kid finds a gun, curiosity is aroused and handles the gun. Gun owners should be training their kids at a young age and more in-depth but at the very least kids need to understand the seriousness of firearms.
Don’t pick up a gun unless Dad or mom is there with you and we say it’s okay.
Now let’s get real. They still might do it. Next lesson.
Never ever, ever point a gun at a person. Any part of a person. Unloaded. Or loaded. Never ever, ever have the barrel in the direction of a person. Loaded or unloaded. Repeat that back to me.
Treat every gun like it is loaded and ready to fire every time.
If a kid wants to show you a gun say no. If a kid shows you a gun–Run. Run away fast. Runaway hard. Scream for a grown up. Get away from the kid and the gun.
I’m a gun owner. I’ve got a bunch of em. My kids have use of, with the dad, of course, an air rifle and youth .22. They will be less tempted by the taboo of a gun since they have seen, felt, melt, heard, and fired guns. When I was a kid we did not have guns at home. I’m pretty sure my dad was anti-gun back them. Now he has a range in his backyard. Back then we just didn’t have guns in the house anywhere. We were not a gun family. But my stepmom had a handgun on display from her brother who served and died in combat. It was a .365 magnum. Whenever I could I would sneak over and open the case, handle the gun, feel its weight, open and close the drum, because I had never held one. It fascinated me. Plus it was wrong for me to do and I was a trouble maker. But I always wiped fingerprints off and never got caught. There were no bullets anywhere. Luckily.
My mom’s dad trained me on firearms when I was 11 or 12. He taught me all about gun safety, parts, how they work and let me fire them at the farm. I loved every second of it. But I understood the dangers much better. We had a scary moment at the farm one year when Levi was 2. Even the Levi was trained not to touch guns. My grandfather had his revolver in his belt holster hanging on his bedpost. And our 2 yr old Levi wondered in without a grownup and saw it. Starred at it. Rhyan went looking for him and found him in the room staring at that gun. He looked at her and said, “Don’t touch”. a walked away. Rhyans poor heart skipped a beat or 12. Grandpa put the gun up, of course, having a 2 yr old wondering in his room wasn’t normal for him. But man, I am glad Levi was a good listener and we had trained him and showed him my guns so he knew not to touch.
Gun owning Dads have a huge responsibility of keeping their firearms secured and teaching and reteaching their kids about when they can and cannot handle a firearm and of course proper firearm safety.
Even you anti-gun dads. It’s still a wise move to teach your kid about firearms and the dangers that can pose. That way if they find themselves in a scenario with access to a gun they can make the right decision. Or if they get put in a situation where a kid wants to show off his uncles gun your child knows how to react.
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