Teach Your Children Young

children gun trainingDo you have firearms in the home? Are they kept in locked containers at all times? Do you have children in the home? If you answered yes to the first and third question, this blog is for you.

Kids are sneaky. When I was young, I could find every Christmas gift, unwrap it, look at it, and put it back without my parents knowing any better. If you keep a gun tucked in the back of the closet, don’t think they don’t know.

There are two keys to keeping your kids safe. First, a gun safe. You can find reasonably priced small gun safes that you can keep near the bed that have a handprint embossed in the top so you can work the combination in the dark. There are more complex models available that will temporarily lock out anyone after a pre-set number of unsuccessful attempts. There are models that will let you know if someone attempted entry. There are even biometric safes that are mapped to your unique handprint. It depends on your budget. They key is, your home defense firearm is loaded and ready to go, but locked in an easily accessible, to the authorized user, safe.

The second key is to teach your kids gun safety from a very early age. As soon as they are walking, they should begin to learn what to do. The NRA has Eddie Eagle, which is a cartoon that teaches kids to Stop, Don’t Touch, Leave the Area and Tell and Adult. Teach kids incrementally at a level they can understand. As they get older, they can learn safe handling under close supervision, and practice with air guns or even water pistols. When they are ready you can teach them to shoot. The Shooting Sports are a lot of fun for the whole family. The point is to teach them safety and that they only handle a firearm under supervision of an adult.

Simple precautions go a long way to keeping your children safe at home, and at someone else’s home.

Safe Shooting!

Lynne Finch-Charlesworth

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