Making a Safety Plan for Your Home and Your Family

Families survive because they learn how to use these weapons safely, which should always be the main focus where firearms are concerned. Safety becomes extremely imperative when firearms and children are in the residence. Unsupervised kids and guns don’t go together. So, it’s important to start schooling your children about firearm safety when they are small.

Remove the Mystery

Take the time to teach your children about guns, getting rid of the mystery and neutralize the forbidden syndrome. Take your children to the range and allow them to shoot your gun under your supervision. Aid them in learning how they work and the correct way to handle them safely. Above all, make them respect what guns can do.

Have a Fall-Back Plan
Should a criminal break into your home, do your children know what to do? More importantly, do they know where to go to avoid getting hurt if you have to defend them? One of the greatest dangers in using any weapon for home defense is that you run the possibility of hitting the wrong person. It’s easy for a bullet to penetrate through some drywall and hit somebody on the other side or even exit your house and injure a neighbor.

The use of deadly force must always be a last resort, and gun owners should be knowledgeable in their state and local laws. Once again, your mind is your biggest safety tool. You probably have worked out a fire plan with your family, so it only makes sense to work out a home-invasion plan. You should know where the other family members are located. Most importantly, you should know where it’s safe to shoot and where it’s not safe.

The best investment a gun owner can make is in a gun safe. Not only does it offer good protection from theft, but it keeps guns out of the reach of curious little hands and gives a ventilated environment for uncased guns.

Firearm Training for Women

From my own personal experience, have formed a set of guidelines to use when teaching someone, a woman, how to shoot.

1.Don’t pressure her. This isn’t boot camp. You will find that pressure procedures are counterproductive. Trying to pressure your female student to do something she doesn’t feel comfortable doing is only going to make sure she never accepts it.

2.Make sure to have the right safety gear. Having eye and ear protection available and explaining their use will help get rid of any fears. Also, before the weapons are introduced, go over some basic firearm safety rules:
a. Handguns are loaded, even if they are disassembled.
b. Don’t ever point your gun at anything you aren’t ready to shoot.
c. Your handgun stays on safe until you are ready to fire.
d. Your finger is straight and off the trigger until you are ready to fire.

3.Begin with a simple, small caliber gun. Explain and show the basic principles of the firearm you select. For teaching long guns to a woman, I recommend a .22 semi auto or a single shot break action firearm. If I am teaching a woman to shoot a pistol, I prefer a .22 or a .38. Make sure that if you begin with a magazine fed firearm, you keep a supply of loaded magazines ready.

4.Do not use humanoid targets. If the shooting range is outdoors, and we are using long guns, I like stale cookies. They break in a gratifying way and are biodegradable. For pistols, a regular target turned around with a paper plate stapled to the center gives a large non-threatening target.

5.Last but not least, teach slowly. Answer any questions with simple answers without going into a long lecture. The point of the first few sessions is to remove fears and let your female student become familiarized with weapons and shooting.