To take MORE caution when they have a gun in their home? I understand people have the right to have a gun in their home. By all means, some people need to (for hunting, self defense, etc). But, please people, keep the gun locked up, the ammo in a separate location also locked up. And most of all TEACH YOUR KIDS GUN SAFETY! I can not stress that enough. My hubby is a weapons instructor in the Air Force. We do not keep guns in our home because we have no need to. However, our kids know you do not ever touch a gun, and if their friends are showing them one, or mention showing them one, they need to tell an adult immediately. It's not hard, educate your kids. Sorry, I've just read two stories in the news just this week that are horrible and it seems to be getting worse and worse.
Even parents that DON'T have a gun in the home should teach their children that if they see someone with a gun to tell an adult immediately. DO NOT touch it (since they don't know how to do so safely), just get the hell away and tell a responsible ADULT person, RIGHT NOW! This is NOT "snitching" or "tattling", this is a matter of LIFE OR DEATH. Better yet, also teach the child how to properly handle the gun and what a gun can do. Taking the curiosity factor out of anything increases safety and lessens the likelihood of "playing with it". You teach your children not to run with scissors, you taught them how to cross the street safely, you don't let them drive the family car at 10 yrs old, ... teach them firearm safety too, it might save their life.
Answer by pagan_mama at 8:57 AM on May. 13, 2009
Answer by lifeasinoit at 8:07 AM on May. 13, 2009
some people need to (for hunting, self defense, etc). But, please people, keep the gun locked up, the ammo in a separate location also locked up.
A gun for self-defense is totally useless if kept locked up with the ammo in a separate place. I can just see it now,"Wait right there, Mister Burgler/rapist. I have to get my gun, unlock it, get the ammo from the garage, and load it. Just wait right there."
TEACH YOUR KIDS GUN SAFETY
Answer by Anonymous at 8:13 AM on May. 13, 2009
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Answer by frogdawg at 8:57 AM on May. 13, 2009
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Answer by yourspecialkid at 10:28 AM on May. 13, 2009
That is so sad.
I remember a news program did an experiment with children and guns. The kids were placed in a room without adult supervision and with toys and a real gun that was hidden or in plain view. All of the parents were surprised that their children who were taught not to touch guns did in fact touch the gun. Ever single child touched it. A few only touched it, while most actually picked it up and played with it! Just teaching them not to touch is not enough.
Children need to be taught how to properly handle a gun. I don't have guns in my house because my children are too young to learn this.
Answer by sammygrl77 at 6:42 PM on May. 13, 2009
Answer by Carpy at 10:30 PM on May. 13, 2009
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