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Gun Safety Programs for Children

Owning a gun is a big responsibility, especially when you have children. Many people don’t realize that a majority of accidents involving guns could have been avoided if the firearms were properly locked in safes and other precautions were taken. According to Common Sense About Kids and Guns, over 13,000 children were injured by a gun in 2002. Further, the organization says that “40% of American households have a gun in them, and 30% of those guns are loaded and not secured.” These statistics are terrifying and as a result, many organizations are creating gun safety programs directed at children to help bring these numbers down.

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Your child should never find this lying around. A gun safe and other safety precautions could prevent this.

  • Eddie Eagle Gun Safe ProgramEddie the Eagle was created by the National Rifle Association of America (NRA) and is directed at children from preschool to third grade. The program teaches kids what to do in the event that they find a gun. The mascot has visited over 26 million children and Eddie the Eagle never discusses whether owning a gun is good or bad, but promotes the importance of not touching a firearm if they ever see one.
  • ProjectChildSafe.org– This is a nationwide program that puts an emphasis on teaching people who own firearms how to properly handle and store them. The program offers free “Safety Kits,” which include a cable-style gun-locking device and a pamphlet that addresses proper gun safety and storage. The purpose of the program is to prevent children from getting their hands on firearms and harming themselves or others. If you are interested in receiving a “Safety Kit,” visit the website to find out who the distribution partner is in your area.
  • National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF)– This organization doesn’t have a gun safety program for children, but it does have many great videos and lots of information for kids on its website. The site has a video about McGruff the Crime Dog and gun safety. Along with the video, the website features a teacher’s guide and safety pledge that children can take after watching. There is also a video directed at older children (grades 6-9) which focuses on how to stay safe around guns. The information on this site would be very useful for any teacher or school that wants to teach a lesson on the importance of gun safety.

All of these programs stress the importance of keeping firearms in gun safes so that they are out of the reach of children. It is the responsibility of every gun owner to make sure that they are properly caring for and storing their firearm.

 

 

Gun Safety Tips

Owning a gun is a big responsibility. Many accidents could have been avoided if the owner had taken the precaution of keeping their firearms in a gun safe. It should be the goal of every gun owner to respect their weapon and keep it secured when it is not in use to prevent any mishaps. In order to be a conscientious gun owner, there are some things that you MUST do.

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  • Always make sure that your gun is facing a direction that is safe. A safe direction means that the gun is pointed so that, even if it is accidentally set off, no one will be injured. Often, the best way of doing this is to keep the gun facing down.
  • Your gun should always be unloaded when it isn’t being used. Whenever you put your gun away, you should unload it; further, when you take it out of storage, the first thing you should do is make sure it’s empty. Make sure that the safety is on and point the gun in a safe direction while checking.
  • Your bullets should never be stored in the same place as your gun.
  • Your finger should stay off of the trigger until you are actually ready to shoot it.
  • Make sure that everyone in your home is educated on gun safety. To help explain gun safety to your children, visit the site ProjectChildSafe.org. This organization has a ton of helpful information to present and discuss with your children. The site also includes a pledge for your children to sign after you’ve spoken to them on the subject. 
  • Your guns should always be stored securely in a gun safe, which should be kept out of plain sight. You’ll want to avoid drawing attention to your home because there are people who rob homes specifically for guns.
  • Keep your gun clean at all times. In fact, you should clean it as soon as you are done using it.
  • Purchase a locking apparatus that keeps the gun from functioning when it’s not being used. Gun locks act as an additional level of safety.

It is the responsibility of every owner to make sure that their guns are safe at all times. If, at any point, you feel that you are unable to be a responsible owner, it is up to you to turn your firearm in. You will be held accountable if there is ever an accident involving your gun, even if it was not in your hands. For more information on how to properly care for a gun, visit the website of the National Rifle Association of America.