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Being prepared, defending your family VI

Our children have seen our firearms, have looked through the sights on a rifle, see how bullets can go into and come out of the magazines, and have see mommy and daddy clean, prepare and holster their weapons.

What they are not allowed to do is touch them without first asking, then receiving permission, but only when daddy or mommy is right with them, guiding and helping them. There are serious consequences for disobeying any of the above.

We began by teaching our children the "Four Gun Laws." I have added a 5th, since it helps to drill the safety concept into small children. There are still grown people that I encounter who must be reminded of some of these from time to time, so make sure you know AND practice them! We will go over them further next time.

The 1st Law: The Gun is Always Loaded!

The Second Law: Never Point the Gun at Something You are Not Willing to Destroy!

The Third Law: Always Be Sure of Your Target and What is Behind It!

The Fourth Law: Keep Your Finger Off the Trigger Until Your Sights are On the Target!

(The Fifth Law: Do Not Touch a Gun Without a Responsible Adult!)

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    mamaliberty 3 years ago

    Just a suggestion for better understanding of the absolute gun safety rules.

    If all three of the main rules are followed all the time, it is almost impossible to hurt someone unintentionally. In order to do that, one must practice them ALL the time without ceasing so they become second nature.

    At the same time, one must be willing and able to think about these rules and the difference between target shooting and a real self defense situation. It is possible to become so paranoid of the rules that one would "freeze" and be unable to act in an emergency. So, common sense and rational thought must be present as much as habitual behavior.

    The first rule actually is: ALWAYS keep your gun pointed in a safe direction - or don't point it at anything unless you are willing to destroy it.

    This requires actual thought and consideration each time a gun is picked up. What might be a "safe" direction in one place might NOT be in another. You have to LOOK, and think about it each time.

    Second rule: Keep your finger off the trigger until you are actually ready to shoot. Otherwise, it must always be along side the frame and not touching either the trigger or the trigger guard. This IS a learned habit, and you cannot be a safe shooter until this is absolutely automatic.

    The third rule is a matter of some controversy. The "NRA" rule is that all guns are to remain unloaded until ready to use. This obviously doesn't work for a self defense weapon. Far better, to my mind, is what you suggest. ALL guns are treated as loaded at all times. The most common excuse for a negligent discharge is that "I thought the gun was unloaded."

    Oh, and there is no such thing as an "accidental" discharge. The gun can't "go off" on its own. Someone has to pull the trigger each and every time it fires. That's why an unintended discharge is actually negligence - the person holding the gun neglected to follow the rules.

    Every single bullet fired hits something. Each one is the actual, personal responsibility of the person who pulled that trigger.

    I'm an NRA Certified instructor for handguns and self defense.

  • Cristi 3 years ago

    Thank you so much for your input. While I do agree there is a difference between competition shooting and self defense, the main idea here is to get otherwise anti-gun thinking people to realize the safe way to go about handling a firearm. Especially with children in the house, there is no such thing as too many ways to get the same point across! The next few articles will further explain the 'laws' in hopefully an easy to understand way for everyone.

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