Statistics show that 31% of all American homes have firearms. This isn’t something that’s new. Hundreds of families live safely with firearms within close reach, yet despite this fact there are still tons of families that experience firearms related accidents. Why is this happening?
One simple word – education!
When my husband decided to purchase a new shotgun I told him that he had to take the required safety courses and know exactly what was going on. This is a state mandated action and nearly everyone who wants to have firearms or any kind of weapon in their home must go through the proper training and I’m damn happy that this is the case.
So today I want to talk about some forms of gun safety training that I think are extremely important for gun awareness and safety in the home ESPECIALLY IF YOU HAVE KIDS!
But first this great infographic!
4 Steps to Gun Safety
Get a Damn Safe!
Getting a gun safe is an excellent way to keep your firearms out of reach of the kids. You basically have 2 options when it comes to gun safes. One, get a regular gun safe that is quality tested and approved. Second, get a biometric safe that uses biometric scanner to ensure your safe isn’t able to be opened by kids. Gun News Daily has a great gun safe resource page as well as an in-depth guide to literally everything you’ll want to know about biometric safes. You can find their biometric gun safe review page here.
Keep Them Out of Reach
Putting your firearms in an easily accesible drawer or dresser is an accident waiting to happen. Kids get in everywhere and regardless of how good you think your hiding spot is there is a good chance thy will find it and play with it. Bad idea.
Keep the Ammo Separate
Keeping your ammo in another location is an important way to keep your guns safe and out of the reach of prying eyes and hands. Knowing exactly how to stop people from getting into your guns cabinet is required for any safe gun measure.
Training Training Training
Safe gun handling comes with proper training, knowing how to train and keep your weapons in use properly and functioning is extremely important when it comes to firearms training. THink about the amount of time required to learn how to use a gun – not much right? yes it’s pretty sad that most people only go through a few hours of gun training in order to shoot a high powered rifle.
Gun safety starts with education and education starts with knowing what the dangers are and avoiding them. Most kids who get involved with in-the-home gun accidents do so because they are both unsuprivsed and also find the guns in a quick to access location. If you want to keep your kids safe just don’t store your weapons in such an insanely stupid location. It’s not rocket science when you think about! I’m not sure why so many people are confused about this.
If you guys have any questions drop a comment below!