One thing you guys probably don’t know about me is that my father was shot when I was an infant. Due to someone being careless during a hunting trip, my dad almost lost his life. It not only changed my family forever, but it lead me to have a childhood with a horrible fear of firearms.
I have always thought knowledge is power, and as an adult refused to let my inexperience with guns hinder me. Since I didn’t grow up familiar with guns or gun safety, I thought it would be really important to teach my children about gun safety so they didn’t grow up with the same fear that I did.
I know guns is a really touchy subject, but honestly if I can learn to enjoy target shooting and having family outings regarding guns I think anyone can. Teaching your children how to target shoot can not only build confidence, but it can also teach them discipline and a skill they will enjoy for the rest of their lives.
My kids have been asking for a BB gun for many years now. Only until recently, I didn’t think it would be an appropriate choice, but now that they are older my husband and I thought it would be fun to teach them how to use it and how to stay safe while using it.
I am very blessed because my husband is an ex-Marine fire arms instructor. He knows the ins and outs of firearm safety. That’s why I was so comfortable for him to teach me and help me overcome my fear of guns. It was really sweet to see him get down on the kids level and teach them how to properly use their BB gun, and the importance of always handling it with respect.
Do you want to teach your children about gun safety? A BB gun is a great way to do that! It’s much safer than using a regular firearm, and give the children practice with something they can handle. Here are some great tips from Daisy Red Rider to teach your children:
- Always keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction. Make sure that the muzzle is pointed in a direction that won’t cause harm. It should NEVER be pointed at people.
- Treat every gun as if it were loaded. This one is crucial. This one simple rule could’ve prevented my dad’s accident. Even if you “know” it’s unloaded always treat it as it’s loaded
- Only load or cock a gun when you are shooting.
- Check your target and beyond your target. Always make sure to check your complete surroundings before shooting!
- Anyone shooting or near a shooter should wear shooting glasses. Eye safety is extremely important! Plus never stand in front of the shooter.
- Never climb or jump with a gun.
- Avoid ricochet. Never shoot at a flat hard surface or at the surface of water. Ammunition can ricochet off of water just like a skipped rock.
- Keep the muzzle clear. Never let anything obstruct the muzzle of a gun. Don’t allow the muzzle to come in contact with the ground.
Now that you know a little bit more about gun safety, would you let your children shoot? Do you think it’s important to teach your children about gun safety?
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