Child Gun Safety
Because my children have grown up with a number of firearms in my home, I have made it a priority to teach child gun safety at several stages of their development. I have constantly reinforced these rules with positive reinforcement. If you are not in the habit of praising your children, try it with enthusiasm! You will probably be surprised at the response from your child if it is a new practice. I like to use positive reinforcement for a variety of reasons, not just gun safety for children.
Gun Safety for Kids
The approach that my wife and I have used to kids gun safety has involved several steps or levels. The first level has been for toddler to pre-adolescent. The next level to gun safty has been adolescent to young adulthood. Finally, storing firearms under lock and key has been applicable to all levels.
NRA Gun Safety
The National Rifle Association’s Eddie Eagle Safety Program has been the basis of my family’s toddler to pre-adolescent gun safety efforts. As a lifetime NRA member, I can tell you that great gun safety programs like this just scratch the surface of the many good efforts that the NRA conducts. This program is simple. Children just need to be able to learn and repeat these three actions:
• STOP! Don’t touch.
• Leave the area.
• Tell an adult.
Adolescent Gun Safety
Once my wife and I were ready to begin to allow our older child to begin learning to shoot, we wanted him to learn the same rules that we abide by:
• T – Treat every gun as if it were loaded.
• A – Always point your gun in a safe direction.
• B – Be sure of your target and what is beyond it.
Having this approach to gun safety for kids has been satisfying for my wife and I. We have educated our children about important safety rules that can benefit them and others for a lifetime.