Gun control has been a big political issue for at least the last thirty years.
I have never supported gun control in any shape form or fashion, because it has been proven time after time that gun control does not work.
In the nanny state that America has become, no one is responsible for their actions, they want to blame everyone else for their lack of energy, character, education or moral fiber.
Going even further than that some misguided souls have decided to blame the gun for the crime committed.
That’s like blaming the car for an auto accident, or blaming the keyboard for my misspellings.
A gun is an inanimate object, someone has to point it and pull the trigger before it does anything.
I firmly believe that law abiding citizens should be allowed to carry what ever type of firearm they want, however they want to carry it. They should also be prepared to withstand scrutiny in the event they should use it.
Do I believe that violent criminals should be prohibited from possessing a fire arm? I believe that violent criminals should be prohibited from being free.
Okay now that I have my little political rant out of the way, let’s talk about gun safety.
If you keep a loaded gun in your house (an empty gun is not going to protect you) here are some things to make sure of.
1 It is kept in your reach but out of reach of young children.
This means that small children (or children that are incapable of understanding) are not allowed access to your firearm, but you have it close at hand in the event it is needed. Remember the old saying “Better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it.” This applies to several things and firearms are one of them.
2 All children in the house are taught about the gun.
This means demonstrate to them what it can do (shooting a 2 liter bottle filled with water works). Let them know that they are not to touch the gun without your supervision. Let them know that if they do touch the gun, without your supervision they will be punished. The biggest thing is let them know that when that trigger if pulled and that bullet leave the barrel, there is not taking it back. When you shoot something it stays shot whether you meant to shoot it or not.
Don’t hide the gun from the kids. Teach them about it. When you hide something from kids it makes them more curious about it. They are more likely to play with the gun that they find hidden than they are with the one they see everyday and know about. An example of this is both of my kids were taught from the time they were young, not to touch any of my guns without my direct supervision. They were both taught what happens when you shoot something.
Both of them know the difference between real guns and toy guns and the big thing is that both of them are not impressed with guns or excited by them like kids that have never shot.
3 Don’t point the barrel at anything or anyone that you are not intending to shoot.
That is simple enough to understand.
4 When shooting, know what is behind what you are shooting at. There has been many a deer that managed to get in between me and the farmhouse near where I was hunting, that has gotten a free pass.
It’s real simple if I don’t know what is on the other side of the deer, I’m not going to shoot at it. I don’t need the meat bad enough that I am going to risk hurting or killing someone for it. The same principle applies for target shooting as well.
Make sure of what is behind that target. A big mound of dirt works wonders, as do trees or logs. Rocks or metal should be avoided due to the possibility of ricochets.
5 Make sure you keep a firm grip on the gun. Pistol, rifle or shotgun it doesn’t matter what it is, a firm grip can be the difference between hitting your target and having a disaster. A loose grip lets the gun jump, in the event of big bore handguns it can mean jumping and hitting you in the head, or flying out of your hand and hitting the ground, some of the cheaper made semi automatics can be dropped and possibly go off.
6 When you store your firearms, make sure they are safely put away.
I have a gun cabinet that I built it holds ten rifles or shotguns or any combination of the two, up to ten. The gun cabinet has a cable that goes through the trigger guard and locks off to the other side.
All of the guns in the cabinet are locked away with empty magazines, or chambers.
For my handguns I have a metal safe that I lock them away in. Also these guns are empty when they are put away.
The gun I carry for self defense sits on my desk right beside me. It stays loaded with the safety on (don’t trust safeties) and within reach. If anyone walks in they are assessed and the gun is either left sitting put under my desk or in my hand.
7 Know your gun. Read the owners manual, learn how to take it apart and clean it properly. If you don’t know how ask the person that you are buying it from. Most gun shops will gladly show you how to take the gun apart for cleaning and proper reassembly.
8 Use common sense. Understand you can’t bring a bullet back once it has been fired. You can’t unshoot anyone or anything. If the firearm is in bad shape (rust, pits or something in the barrel) do not shoot it.
9 Enjoy your second amendment right responsibly.
Here are some arguements about gun control.
Gun control makes people safer. True. Gun control makes violent criminals safer and violent criminals are still people, even though the behave like animals.
Gun control will lower the homicide rate. How is that working out for Mexico?
Gun control saves lives. That has never been proven. The sad part about this statement is that depending on where you go to get your information gun control has never been proven to save lives, according to the FBI.
Why do we need guns in a civilized society? What makes you think we live in a civilized society? Rapes, murders, child molestation, thefts, drug dealings, political corruption, wars, riots and meanness in general pretty much insures that our society although advanced, is anything but civilized.
Gun control only effects the law abiding citizen in that it restricts their right to owning a gun, criminals on the other hand are not effected by gun control because they don’t obey the laws.
Unless a world wide ban on guns is implemented and all the guns ever made and still usable are destroyed gun control will never work. Then criminals will turn to knives, axes, or any other means to achieve their goals.