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Originally posted by eleven44
For those who will not read this entire post,
here is the #1 safety lesson you need to know about any gun:
A gun is ALWAYS loaded.
It doesn't matter if you completely emptied your gun of ammo over an hour ago and have been sitting there cleaning its empty barrel and chamber ever since; that gun is still loaded.
With this said, you would obviously never point a loaded gun at anybody ever. And since all guns are always loaded no matter what, no gun should ever be pointed at anyone. Ever. That is, unless you intend on (possibly) shooting them. And even then, still, you should not put your finger on the trigger until you are certain you will need to shoot.
This was the first and biggest lesson I ever learned about guns. I grew up with guns. I have pictures of my grandfather teaching me how to shoot a .22 rifle at their farm when I was six years old. I had my first BB gun when I was 7 and soon after got a pistol pellet gun. I got a Buck Knife that same year for Christmas. (I was taught knife safety as well.)
I also knew my entire life exactly where my father kept his loaded guns in the house. I knew that I was never to go in there, especially with a friend. The only time I would have ever gone in there was if I was home alone and someone was breaking in. Luckily, that never happened.
I was in Indian Guides with my dad when I was younger. I remember one particular camp out we went to every year had a shooting range. The first time we went they had all of us kids line up in a row to go over basic gun safety before ever stepping foot on the range. The first thing the instructor did was walk down the line with an unloaded single barrel 12 gauge shotgun. You could see straight down the open barrel and could see that it was not loaded. The instructor asked every kid 'Is this gun loaded?' Every one of my friends said 'no' as he went down the line. I was towards the end, but when he asked me, 'Is this gun loaded?' I said 'Yes.' He asked, 'Why?' I said, 'Because a gun is always loaded.' The instructor was very impressed and immediately commented to my dad that he did a good job of teaching me.
This is the exact kind of training and knowledge that we need to make sure our kids and younger generations receive. They do not need to be kept in fear and ignorance, NOR do guns need to be glorified. Even if you don't own a gun or ever want to own a gun, you should still be made aware of proper gun safety just in case of the event that you ever needed it.
We make 15 year old kids take a year of 'driver education' before ever officially having a drivers license. (And yet driving fatalities are still larger than gun fatalities.) So it only makes sense to spend at least a little time learning how to properly handle a weapon.
that's what I think.
cheers.edit on 26-1-2013 by eleven44 because: (no reason given)