Being able to own a gun is given to us by our Second Amendment of our Bill of Rights. This amendment details that we have a right to “bear arms.” While this is up in
the air of what our founders really meant, the reality is that many Americans have guns in the home with children who are curious by nature.
There are some rules to gun safety. These are put in place to help keep you and from being hurt by the gun accidentally going off.
The first of these guidelines is when you are handling your gun keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction. This means you are not to purposely point the gun at another person unless you tend to shoot them. Guns are allowed to help protect ourselves from intruders, potential crimes against our person. They are also allowed while hunting. You always need to make sure your gun is pointed in a safe direction until you plan to use it.
The second guideline is to make sure your gun is locked up and away from the reach and sight of children when not in use. With children in the home you need to make sure that your gun is either always in your line of sight or safely locked away in a gun case or other locked case. The ammunition also needs to be in a separate place then your gun. This will prohibit your children from loading the gun and accidentally shooting themselves or a friend.
The third guideline is to make sure that all keys or combinations are kept in a safe place that only you or another adult know where they are. The children in your home should not know where you have put the keys or the combination to your gun lock. This will help prevent the child or children from becoming too curious and going and get your gun out to show to their friends. This will also keep your gun from accidentally going off in your child’s hands because they do not know how to use it properly.
The fourth guideline is make sure that all guns in your possession are equipped with an effective child resistant safety locks. This will help prevent the gun from going off in your child’s hand if he/she ends up picking your gun up and playing with it.
There are other things that you need to do in order to keep your family safe around guns. These are just four of them. Parents need to be vigilant about gun safety with themselves and their family to prevent fatalities. If every American who has a gun educates themselves maybe we can prevent any accidental deaths.