If your kids have ever been exposed to the media, chances are they know what a gun is. If they see a firearm in the house, they’re naturally going to be curious about it. The less they know, the more questions they’ll have, and the more likely they’ll want to explore this unfamiliar weapon.

That’s why it’s essential to have a conversation with your children about firearms. Impart the
seriousness of a gun, and relay that a gun is not a toy. Teach your kids the basics of gun safety:

  • Treat all guns as if they are loaded
  • Keep Muzzle pointed in a safe direction at all times
  • Never point the firearm at anything you aren’t willing to destroy
  • Always be aware of your target and what’s behind it

Having this conversation will mitigate future accidents. If your kids ever do get their hands on a
firearm, they will know what to do and what not to do.

Additionally, if your kids are old enough, it can also be beneficial to teach them how to properly
load, unload, and shoot a gun. If they’re ever in a situation where they need to protect themselves, they’ll be prepared. Countless accidents could have been prevented if the child had been given proper instruction on gun safety.