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edited October 2015 in Gun Control Debates Posts: 246
A lot of people have chimed in on both sides of the gun debate.  One thing we all seem to agree on is that people who own guns should be responsible.  What have you been taught about gun safety?  What tips do you have for people?


  • I think the best way my dad taught me was to not touch things that don't belong to me as he was showing me his gun and where he put it. I feared and respected my father, so if he said don't touch it, I didn't touch it. Later, he taught me how to use it, which was also good for safety. I was taught in a controlled environment by someone who knew what they were doing. There are rules that you need to understand how to follow when dealing with something as serious as a gun, and it needs to be taught that this is something very serious. If you take someone's life, you can't give it back. There is also a thing about knowing your child and knowing if they will be able to handle that kind of responsibility.
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    I think the first think is to keep your guns locked up and your ammunition kept locked up in a different location from the guns.Then you need to teach your children about guns and there purpose.They need to know they are not toys and to never touch them without permission no matter at home or any place else.When they are old enough then teach them to never play with or point it at anybody whether it is a play gun or a real one.Then teach them the makings and workings of a gun and then how to hold and handle it.Then teach them how to load and properly shoot it and at what they should shoot at.Then teach them the proper purpose of a gun,like for target shooting,hunting,and for protection of life and only that,and never used in anger.I hope I covered about everything.If not ask and I will.
  • Everyone should take a professional course to learn how to handle and use them if they want one.
  • Number one rule of ALL gun safety-treat every gun as if it is loaded. Using this one simple rule could prevent many many accidents. I have taken a plethora of gun safety courses, and I hunt big game in eastern Washington. In a way, guns have become a type of culture for me, and I have grown up with respect for their use. Guns were originally created to kill, and without proper respect and handling of guns, that is what they will and have done for years and years. 

    Gun safety education is absolutely vital to everyone who wants to use guns. 
  • Posts: 49
    Jeff Cooper's 4 rules about cover it.  

    RULE 1

    The only exception to this occurs when one has a weapon in his hands and he has personally unloaded it for checking. As soon as he puts it down, Rule 1 applies again.

    RULE 2

    You may not wish to destroy it, but you must be clear in your mind that you are quite ready to if you let that muzzle cover the target. To allow a firearm to point at another human being is a deadly threat, and should always be treated as such.

    RULE 3

    This we call the Golden Rule because its violation is responsible for about 80 percent of the firearms disasters we read about.

    RULE 4

    You never shoot at anything until you have positively identified it. You never fire at a shadow, or a sound, or a suspected presence. You shoot only when you know absolutely what you are shooting at and what is beyond it. 
  • I think you've covered all the bases with those rules. I especially like rule number 1 and number 3. Those are ones that we should all learn first and foremost with gun safety. These rules can definitely save lives. it is important to teach our children that guns are dangerous weapons. They are not toys, and they are not to be played with. Be careful out there.
  • Chimo's quoting Jeff Cooper's 4 rules is right. Gun Safety is actually about gun use preparation. 1) Says that if we are to own a gun, the gun is a tool that should always be loaded and ready to be used. 2) Says be prepared mentally and physically to use the gun as it was intended. This is a show stopper for some women because we have a hard time realizing that if we don't shoot to kill all we are doing is giving our attacker a chance to take our tool. 3) Accidents won't happen if you are not prepared for and working towards number 4. 4) Lock on your target and act. All the safety you need when utilizing a gun but gun use preparation requires practice. So I would add a good instructor, research and target shooting often.
  • I think the safety is what most people forget in regard to guns.  I know a few people who just should not have guns (even though they have no priors), simply because they will do dumb things that will hurt someone some day, like using a gun like a pointer finger.  Seriously.  My cousin's ex-husband used to point at things with his gun in his hand.  And, no, he did not have the safely on.  I had to tell him that.  Then he acted slightly embarrassed, like someone who put their shirt on inside out. 
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    proper training and respect is a must for anyone with a gun,otherwise you have a idiot with a gun.
  • Idiots with guns are the main reason FOR gun control laws.  Stories about dangerous accidents are why people think that the general public shouldn't have guns.  They make gun owners look like irresponsible teenagers. 
  • Posts: 234
    Your right but we can't blame all, for what a few idiots do.We can be only  responsible for ourselves and not others,and can't be held accountable for others,and this is what is happening.The laws can only do the same.

  • I agree.  That's why they make me so angry.  They are the ones who ruin things for everybody.  Now, I have stated before that I don't have a gun. That doesn't mean that nobody should have guns.  I think the right to have a gun should be extended to those who don't abuse it.  People like that guy who was showing the gun to his friends and got shot because he and his friend were fighting over it blur the lines.  They cause gray areas.  Well, this person had a clean background check, but then ended up misusing his gun.  It's very difficult to make clear-cut gun laws and regulations when you have people like him (and his friend) gumming up the works. 
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    There is no way of removing idiots from the equation that we are stuck with.That doesn't mean we can't have common sense solutions for the majority,because 100% is out of the question,that's just human nature.People misuse a lot of stuff,but that doesn't mean you try and remove it from existence.Whether people want to admit it or not a gun is a needed tool and not only for protection from evil but also hunting and varmint control and from wild animals in some places,and yes target shooting for some it is there hobby and hobbies are a good thing and harm no one.
  • Posts: 49
    @nailah783  you don't just pick and choose the rules you like, you teach all 4 of's like layered security...even if one is breached or forgotten, the others might still prevent you from having a bad day. 
  • It's true there is no way of removing the idiots from the equation, but better to teach the best as possible first, rather than just say "screw it, they will always be there." Knowledge is power, and the farthest we can reach is the best. 
  • Posts: 161
    I agree completely, gun owners should act responsibly, just as those that drive large trucks or cars or fly airplanes or any number of machines that can kill people if the operator is negligent.

    However, when Government is too involved, often people are denied a concealed weapons permit due to too many restrictions, Washington D.C., is a good example, NYC, Maryland, all place money or a business as a reason to carry handgun, protection is not considered a valid reason.

    Oddly enough the States with the most restrictions NYC for example, have the highest crime rates, while States with no restrictions aside from a normal instant backround check, States like Vermont have a very low rime rate.
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    I support the cultivation of a good moral standing as a prerequisite to any interaction with guns. The fact remains that most things in the hands of a morally deficient individual can be put to lethal use. For instance a harmless gardening tool in the hands of a criminal can serve as a lethal weapon and vice versa. But that said and done, its important to take cognisance of the fact that there is no predictor of a person's predilection. You have seen cases of otherwise normal and responsible people turning into raging killers at the bat of an eyelid.
  • guyguy
    Posts: 25
    It's common sense, anything beyond that is just the personal choice of the person who owns the gun. You know not to buy a butter knife and go stab someone with it because of the damage it can do, then there are the people out there who will use any weapon to kill. It's just up to the person who has the potential weapon to not do wrong with it.
  • The first thing you must always pay close attention to before even thinking about handling a firearm is safety. This is the first and most important thing to all handgun self-defense students.
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    Yes, i agree to the gun safety. Just like deiving, before a government agency release a driving license they are conducting seminar to explain the rules and regulations on the road. Maybe we can apply it to gun safety. Before a certain store release the gun, their client must undergo first a seminar, to know their limitations, their responsibilities as gun owner, and perform a test, if they pass the test then they are granted to buy a gun, but if they fell, then they have no right to posses a gun.
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  • My father was a gun lover. He was active in their gun club and had won countless of trophies and medals in target shooting competitions. We were 4 boys in the family of 6. My father taught us everything about guns when we reached high school. Safety is paramount so do not aim the gun on a person unless there is a need to shoot. In other words, the gun is not for scaring people but for defending yourself in times of critical situations. We boys have learned well from my father's wisdom on gun use. However, my youngest brother was caught in school with my father's gun. He was suspended from school and my father was nearly jailed for neglect. My point is this - children may be taught but safety still depends fully on the child.
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    I was taught not to play a gun, or if ever I'm given a chance to handle a gun do not point to to someone else, because if ever you point it to someone then something triggered you ot you accidentally pulled the trigger, it can lead into an accident. Ang tip, Well, do not carry a gun elsewhere if you are just an ordinary citizen to avoid panic and misunderstanding to the people that can see you. Respect the gun ban and obey to regulations being implemented in your society.
  • I think Guns should be kept in a well sealed place where it cannot be reached by any  children of the family. It must be fully unloaded of ammunition so that if in case someone played that gun, it will not explode and to prevent further damage in anyone's property and as well life. It is very important to educate all the entire family of avoiding the use of a gun as possible as they can  since it is a very dangerous equipment that can take lives in an instant. Inappropriate used of these guns can lead to serious problems and injuries, It must be taken seriously and not to be taken for granted that it is just a gun but rather an equipment that can overkill anyone.
  • You need to undergo some form of professional training before handling one, that's one.
    And two is never ever keep a gun in a household where kids can find it. It needs to stay in the garage in a locked safe or somewhere where they would NEVER ever find it.
  • I personally don't think guns are necessary but its a little too late for that take now seeing the direction that our world is going in and I agree that these gun laws should be more direct and adamant because from what I see almost anybody can get a gun in today's world and for what and yes they should be held responsible for their misuse but really, we are going to look at guns being am issue after the life is already lost??? Guns are not necessary and its not going to get any better because it has already gone bad, this is a corrupt world and power and other avenues greatly influence the use of gums and !most times illegally and its just sad because the statistics for innocent people loosing their lives yearly is just really sad, unfortunate and unfair.
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    Gun is verry terrible because many people kills because of unproper used of guns and its used on crime i thinks is good if all people is no gun if all people no gun maybe its prevent kills because of gun because sometimes even innocent peoples die because of gun because mostly gun used in a bad way only authorized to used a gun is millitary and good police to make more safe all people in this world
  • ionion
    Posts: 33
    Don't hold your gun, if you were drunk, and hide your gun from your children, and if you can't do that, teach your children the proper use of the gun. I know it's not really necessary to teach your kids about guns, but I think that's the only way for them to learn the proper use of guns. 
  • I know a lot of individuals who own guns or at least have one. I must say though that in my personal opinion, about half of those people that I know of, shouldn't be allowed to own one, let alone owning 2 or more. Gun safety for me should start from the person who is holding it. The moment a person starts boasting about owning a gun or having a gun in his possession, that to me, is a red flag that we have a gun wielding idiot around and I should probably just stay away just in case he does something stupid with it. It's not the gun that I have a problem with, it's the idiot holding it that worries me.
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