- What to Say
- What to Do
By Forrest Fisher
Kids are curious. They are smart too. They see guns on TV, in stores, at a friend’s house, and maybe at many other places. How can they know about gun safety if parents never have a conversation about their fundamental well-being if they should see or find a gun? Even if you as parent do not own a gun, you need to have this conversation with your kids.
They really need to know what to do, but understand that they need a conversation, not a lecture. The question is, how can parents do this the right way? There is one way to start, click on this link to join Julie Golob, a U.S. Army Veteran and Shooting Sports Champion, a hunter and a mom: https://youtu.be/M86QxNZF3AE.
Gun safety starts with an understanding of safety. Repeat the conversation every month or two.
As a parent with young children, you can start with this:
- When you see a gun, STOP, don’t touch it.
- Leave it alone.
- Call an adult.
As a parent with older children, pick a time and place when you can focus on details and have an open conversation about staying safe with firearms.
- Don’t touch, pick up, or use a gun without permission from an adult.
- Never ever point a gun at anyone.
- Always assume a gun is loaded and can fire.
Get on the same page with your adult partner. Eliminate their confusion. Set an example with safe gun handling and storage of your own guns.
Reinforce firearm safety with your growing children often. It’s really up to parents to do all they can to maintain firearm safety and to help educate their children about guns and staying.
Go to PROJECTCHILDSAFE.ORG and learn more about what a parent can do. Please visit: http://www.projectchildsafe.org/.