Keeping It Kid-Friendly With Firearms
We want the best for our children. After all, they carry on our legacy and will be responsible for leading the next generation into the future. As a parent or guardian, it’s up to you to ensure the safety and well-being of your child. It’s estimated that, from 2009 to 2013, 977 firearm homicides occurred in Canada alone. While this number is much lower than the alarming 56,000 gun homicides reported in the United States during the same time period, even one death is more than enough.
To best ensure your kids or anyone else in your home don’t become a grim statistic, there are some things you should consider doing to make your home with firearms kid-friendly. You can help your children respect firearms when you take the proper steps, and there are a few tips you should consider employing to ensure your children and firearms can coexist with minimal issues.
Enroll Your Kids in a Shooting Class
While there are many fears surrounding the allowance of a child to use a firearm, consider the fact that hands-on experience shows them just how powerful these weapons are. It can be difficult for a child to comprehend just how dangerous such a small item can be until they see it firsthand.
It’s worth noting that there have been recent events that may cause you to hesitate before enrolling your kids in a shooting class. For example, a nine-year-old girl in Arizona recently shot her instructor after he handed her a loaded submachine gun. It’ clear to see there should have been more caution employed in this particular case. Before you enroll your child, check with the class instructor for key components of an effective and safe class such as:
- Gun safety lesson before firearms are ever introduced
- Utilization of guns with long barrels with minimal recoil
- One cartridge worked with at a time
- Immediate halt in gun use if there are any deviations made from the safety rules followed by additional safety lessons
Ensure Proper Storage
Most of the time, you aren’t using your firearm. Whether you hunt, target shoot, or just have a gun on hand for security, the fact is that, most of the time, your gun is just sitting, and you want to make sure yours is sitting somewhere safe. Not only does this decrease the chances of your kids getting ahold of your firearm, but it can also reduce the possibility of theft or your gun being used against you in a home robbery.
If you don’t already have a safe, now’s the time to take a look at what’s available. There are numerous products on the market that offer aesthetic quality with the level of security you need to ensure your gun is guarded from misuse. As you shop, make sure you take advantage of reviews as they can help guide you to the right product to meet your unique needs.
Make Your Children Feel Accountable
When we’re given a responsibility, it’s more likely we’ll go the extra mile to ensure it’s taken care of. For example, an associate at a retail store is likely not going to be as concerned with a discrepancy in the financial books than the assistant manager in charge of the shift.
Using this line of thinking, help make your kids feel a sense of responsibility when it comes to gun safety in your home. By having them review and sign the Project ChildSafe Pledge for young people, you can further encourage them to be responsible and safe. This can also prove to be a great supplement to shooting classes as it reinforces the fact that you trust your child to be responsible and make the right decisions.
Development of Respect is Key
The key to helping your kids respect firearms is to help them understand just how powerful they are. With so much media coverage about the dangers of weapons, this often just opens up Pandora’s box, and it’s up to you to ensure this natural curiosity is properly addressed. By following these useful tips, you can help your kids develop the proper respect for firearms to better ensure their safety for a lifetime.