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WHAT SHOULD YOU TEACH YOUR CHILD ABOUT GUN SAFETY? If you have decided that your child is not ready to be taught in a gun’s handling and use, teach him or her to follow these simple instructions: If you find a gun: STOP! DON’T TOUCH!  TELL AN ADULT! This may be at a very rudimentary level, but it is far better than nothing at all. To counter the natural impulse to touch/pick up a gun, it is imperative that you impress these steps of the safety message upon your child. You can accomplish this by using a toy gun, tell your child to pretend that the toy gun is real, children are the masters of pretend.  Set the gun down in the house somewhere in plain sight for your child to easily see. Now, when your child spots it, ask your child what he or she should do? When the child repeats to you at least the Stop, Don’t Touch, and Go Tell an Adult, parts of the lesson, make a very big deal out of it, because it is a very big deal, and a lesson that should be reinforced every few days so that the child understands the importance of the lesson. This lesson could well avert a tragedy one day while your child is playing in a friends home with another child that was never taught anything about guns, even at this rudimentary level.

Gun Owner’s Responsibilities; Most states impose some form of legal duty on adults to take reasonable steps to deny access by children to dangerous substances or instruments. It is the individual gun owner’s responsibility to understand and follow all laws regarding gun purchase, ownership, storage, transport, etc. Contact your state police and/or local police for information regarding such laws, at G.S.#22 you can read Ma. laws on storage. If you own a gun and do not know how to operate it, do not experiment with it. Seek competent assistance and instruction as soon as you can. An untrained adult can be as dangerous, and in as much danger as a curious child!

  A parent must, in every case, be absolutely sure that the firearms in your home are inaccessible to your children, and that your children may only see them under your direct/strict supervision. There are states that mandate a basic firearm/law course, and have certified state instructors teach the course, like myself. There is also a NRA program pertaining to children called “Eddie Eagle,”call (800) 231-0752 for more information. Note; This was not verbatim from the NRA pamphlet, I added my knowledge, drawn from my life experience’s as well.

{Remember, Firearm Education Will Save Lives, Firearm Ignorance Can Take Lives}. Ignorance of History could cost us our freedoms.

If you like this information please share G.S. #3, 16,and 17 with others who have children, even if they do not own guns. Do not set kids up for failure by telling them nothing about firearms, that would be dangerous AND irresponsible.

Mark Shean

Former NRA Law Enforcement Firearm Instructor

Ma. Basic Firearm Instructor


written 12-25-2009  Reviews    Gun Sense #44, KSG 12ga. Shotgun Demonstration

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One Response to “Gun Sense #17, Parents Guide To Gun Safety page 2”

  • windangyle6669 says:

    I think that this was a very important post. Thank you Mark. My children are very aware of gun safety. My son can actually field strip every fire arm in our house and knows what each part does and how they work. My daughter is a pretty good shot with a .22 rifle. In the same respect they also know dont touch-get an adult. Our neighbors know about the firearms at our house and have taught their kids about gun safty even though they do not own any guns. At a very young age I was shooting a .22 rifle and was taught gun safety. I believe that the openess and honesty and stressing the safety of a firearm greatly reduces the chance of an accident. When a child knows the importance of firearm safety and handling and knows that it is not a toy, the mystery is taken away and the respect is put in place. Many adults also need this as well. My future mother in law tried to take my fiances loaded gun off his hip in our house one day because she wanted to see it. He responded very quickly and turned out of her reach but the anxiety was there. I was horrified that an adult would be that impulsive especially when my children would have known better. It is the ignorance of firearms and not being taught safety that leads to accidents. We have enough needless deaths due to criminals. Teaching gun safety will limit the amount of deaths caused by curiosity and ignorance. With respect and thanks, Nelly

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