When I’m teaching those who are new to guns or new gun owners, I will emphasize on how to secure their unattended or unused guns and authorized access.
Who is authorized (unless otherwise) to use your gun? The answer is you.
You are responsible for securing your gun from theft, unauthorized household members such as kids, and those with mental issues.
Talk to kids about guns, what these tools are used for and what to do if they come across one. Most parents nowadays never talk to their kids about guns or even show the basic safe handling. So when a young untaught kid comes across one, he/she will be very curious, have no clue on how to handle in a safely manner, wouldn’t think about calling out an adult and don’t touch it. Instead they explore and it starts to go down hill from here. We can see why there are so many accidental injuries and death related to kids messing with guns. This is because parents never talk to their kids about guns and treat guns like if it were Freddy’s Nightmares fingers.
This article written by Rebecca Bahret 5 Things parents must do if they own guns which dives deeper in to this topic.
Teaching kids and adolescents to respect guns and take them seriously.
This middle school in Colorado is taking a different approach to guns and gun safety: “I think that it’s better for them to have a respect for it.”
WATCH: This school is taking a different approach to guns and gun safety: “I think that it’s better for them to have a respect for it.”
Posted by NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt on Thursday, March 17, 2016