The video above shows a “gun safety” experiment with eight children. Two of the eight are from homes with legal firearms; children who’ve been familiarized with guns and taught not to play with them. Six are not. While it’s hardly a statistically valid sample, the kids from firearms-friendly homes didn’t pick up the gun. The other six did. So, do the antis have it backwards? [Click here to see the VPC’s “no guns for kids” agitprop.] Are children with guns at home safer than children without? I mean children who’ve been taught gun safety. Here’s my take . . .
There are some 400 million privately owned guns in the United States. Buyers are adding millions more to the private stock every month. Those guns are not going away. For a child to be safe around guns, they have to be taught. Simply telling telling a child that guns are “bad” — or thinking that just because you have a “gun free” house or lock-up your guns your child won’t encounter a gun elsewhere — is dangerous thinking.
Remember: we cannot remove guns from society. Even if the Second Amendment was repealed and imposed total firearms confiscation, it would not remove guns from society. They are here to stay.
Teach your children the Four Rules of Gun Safety, or have a friend who is a gun owner do so. Do not expect ignorance — yours or their — to protect them. For that matter, do not expect ignorance about guns to protect you.
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