Although a gun is a way to keep your family safe, there are some dangers to having a gun in the house. If there are small children, they can possibly get the gun and accidentally shoot theirself or someone else. Teenagers in the home need to be monitored as well because if they know where the gun is, they can gain access to it and shoot someone in the home. Teenagers could also shoot theirself if they have depression issues. If someone tries to gain entrance in [...]
In light of recent events not only in the United States but across the globe, a new debate on gun control has emerged. There are many different viewpoints on that people have on guns these days; some believe that they are completely unnecessary and should be gotten rid of at all costs, while others believe that everybody should have the right to carry a firearm for protection. Others have a stance that falls somewhere in between.
Regardless of where you [...]
When you hear about gun safety, you often hear that it isn’t a good idea to keep a loaded gun anywhere in the house. Although keeping the bullets out of your gun is a good way to cut down on potential accidents, you might wonder if you can keep a loaded gun in your home in a safe manner. By doing so, you might be able to use it more quickly in the event that you need to protect yourself or [...]
One of the most common reasons people bring guns into their homes is because of safety. While a gun certainly can make the home safer, it’s a bit of a double-edged sword in that regard – especially if there are kids.
Guns aren’t the only thing that can keep your home safe – in fact, there are lots of other, safer alternatives. So, ask yourself:
“Why is there a gun in my home?”
If the answer is for security reasons, then you might just want to see about putting that firearm away. Listed below are some great gun alternatives for home security:
1. A Home Security System – Services and providers like home security 101, for example, have some of the most sophisticated systems on the market. There are plenty of providers out there and prices vary so consider a security system.
2. Dogs – Doesn’t even need to be a designated fight and guard breed like a Shepherd or a Malinois because one thing is true of most burglars – they don’t want a confrontation. Dogs bring that. If, however, you do bring a potentially dangerous breed in the home – make sure you get proper training.
3. Close the Blinds – At night, when it’s time to go to bed – close the blinds. This gives the criminal element very little to work with if your home is being profiled. Otherwise, you’re giving them a prime opportunity to devise a plan and see what’s worth taking.
With the exception of federal laws that prohibit certain groups of individuals from owning a gun, such as convicted felons, much of the restrictions placed upon gun ownership come from the individual states. Most of the differences between state laws lay in the right to carry laws.
“Right to carry” laws – All states with the exception of Illinois have some “right to carry” enacted. The laws fall into two groups:
“Conceal and carry” laws -The more common and widely accepted of the two types of carrying laws, it exists to varying degrees [...]
According to the last decade’s census statistics, there were a staggering 130,000 murders in the U.S. Many of those murders involved guns. Some of those deaths were intentional. Some were accidental. Many deaths were very avoidable. The worst case scenario is always when shootings involve kids. Children often have a normal curiosity or fascination with guns. That makes it imperative to be proactive and diligently in locking guns away. Deaths are often because adults are irresponsible and leave guns out in the open or [...]
The storage of ammunition should concern gun owners. Improper storage can shorten the life of ammunition and cause accidents. There are three main things to consider when storing ammunition:
1.Humidity. You will want to keep your ammo dry and safe from humidity. The best way is to store in an ammo can. Be sure that the rubber gasket is intact and that the can seals completely when closed.
2.Safety. You will want it to be easily accessible to members of the household, but you will want to safeguard it from thieves.Get [...]
Having not grown up around guns, I was always tentative about letting my children play with fake guns. I truly didn’t ever want them to think that shooting someone was part of playing. As they grew, this almost attracted them more to guns. Then I began to worry about what would happen if they came across one at a friend or neighbor’s house. Would they be curious enough to pick it up?
Well, today I [...]
Guns can be found in as many as one third of all American households. As these statistics may be startling to some people, especially concerned parents, Allendale ADT Home Security, the question might come to mind: How do I teach my child about the dangers of guns?
This question can only have a clear answer provided when the solution to a bigger problem has been found. This problem is the lack of identification surrounding when guns can be considered dangerous. There are many opinions based around what is dangerous and what should merely be considered sport.
Unfortunately, with all this indecision regarding gun safety, children still find themselves in harmful situations involving guns and a lack of gun regulations that could not only clear up these arguments, but result in fewer gun related accidents where children are the victims.
In order to prevent accidents that involve children and guns, it is important to go back to basics. First of all, if there is a gun in your home, or in the home of a close friend or relative- where children spend their time- take responsibility and keep the gun locked up and out of reach. To get even more proactive, keep the gun unloaded, and store the ammunition in a separate, locked container.
This may seem like a lot of work. It may even seem a bit paranoid to some; but the truth is, the presence of guns becomes extremely dangerous when they arenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t properly taken care of.
True teachers of lessons such as gun safety must be responsible for themselves and those around them- hence Ã¢â‚¬Å“teach by example.Ã¢â‚¬Â Once the guns within a household are taken care of properly, the subject of how to teach children about the dangers of firearms can be approached.
Tenets of Gun Safety For Children
When teaching a child about gun safety, turning to the all-American gun source, The NRA, is one of the best options. The NRA has strict guidelines regarding gun safety, and the proper way to instruct children to behave around them. According to the NRA, if a child finds a gun they should be taught to:
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Stop- donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t go near the gun.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ DonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t touch- a gun is not to be handled by a child.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Get away from the gun- as quickly as possible
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Tell an adult- that there is a gun, and have it taken care of properly.
If a child finds a gun, they should have the teachings to prepare them. Since they may not be the only child present during the discovery, it is also important for them to know to leave the area, as other children may not be as responsible, or have the knowledge that guns are in fact unsafe when unsupervised. Children as young as 3 years old have the strength required to pull a trigger- so children should be aware that the area must be left immediately for their own safety.
When Guns Become Unsafe
It is common knowledge that guns are only unsafe when in the hands of the irresponsible, or those uneducated about gun safety. To ensure that your child is safe where guns are concerned, donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t avoid the subject- let them know the basic tenets of gun safety, and what to do when they find a gun. In this case, knowledge can save lives.