Hey guys! At the request of our directors we're going to take things a little serious this week! I understand this is kind of a touchy subject and I will do my best to handle it with care! Before we get too deep into this topic I feel its necessary to let you know that my family owns and uses gun, we have them in our home. I am in NO way trying to push my agenda or beliefs on my readers!
As a kid playing cops and robbers, cowboys and Indians or even just bad guys was totally acceptable. And every kid in my family at one point wanted a red rider bb gun just like the one Ralphy had on a Christmas story! But times they are a changing, although playing guns is completely age appropriate we live in a time where school shootings and accidental deaths are a thing, making those age appropriate activities a little less tolerable in public settings. In our schools we have noticed a major increase in the desire to play guns and threaten to bring guns to school when upset. For that reason we ask that each family, whether they have/ like guns or not to take some time this week and talk to your children about gun safety. We understand this can be a tricky thing with young kids so I have listed some ways to have a productive lesson at home!
Our TOP 9 Tips for Teaching Young Children Gun Safety
- Never, EVER point a gun at ANYTHING unless you intend to shoot it.
- Treat every gun as if it’s loaded.
- Do not put your finger near the trigger until you are ready to shoot.
- Always point a gun toward the ground. And not at your shoe because your foot is in there ~ that is E’s contribution.
- If you don’t know what to do, stop.
- Slow and calm movements are controlled and safe movements.
- The parent assisting must tell the child they are free to fire. Without our go ahead, they are NOT allowed to pull the trigger.
- They (the shooter) yells “Fire” when they are ready to shoot.
- Hearing and eye protection are to be worn at all times while at the range
Why This is Beneficial for Children.
- We get to demystify guns and take Hollywood out of guns. Remove the mystery.
- This allows us to squelch the desire to “play” with guns because they can appropriately use them under our direct supervision.
- They get to learn how to safely shoot them (at an age-appropriate level).
- They understand guns are dangerous and we are instilling respect for firearms.
Thank you for your interest. For questions or comments, please use the information below. We look forward to hearing from you soon.