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.