A couple of weeks ago, I took my sister (mom of 3) to the range for the first time. I’m no instructor, so here’s how I handled it…
First, we spent some time in her kitchen going over the big rules:
1) Only point the gun at something you’re willing to kill or destroy
2) Always point in a safe direction
3) Don’t put your finger on the trigger until your ready to fire
4) Every gun is always loaded
We went through that a few times, then went through basic operation of revolvers and semi-auto pistols. At that point, I took out a couple handguns, checked for safety, explained what I was doing and let her experience the feel, operation and (again) safety information in the ease and comfort of her kitchen.
On the way to the range I explained range rules.
When we got there, I gave some basic instruction of grip and stance. Kept hammering her for trigger discipline. (Me: Get your finger off the trigger! Yes, she got sick of me saying it, I’m sure.)
All this to say, it is so important for shooters of all types to introduce friends and family to firearms. Not just the sporting fun of it, but the history, too. And of course, how and when to use firearms for personal safety. Socio-political context is also very important. After all, hunting and sporting clays has nothing to do with the Second Amendment.
This leads me to a great post over at Bearing Arms. From that article…
“We have seen a huge insurgence in young mothers – mothers of young children, wanting to get into firearms. And what’s happening is we don’t have instructors that are addressing their needs. So they just do it. They don’t do it right and then they end up having an accident,” Lauer said.
So as a firearm instructor and parenting expert, she’s going where no one has gone before.
“If you have baby on one side, it’s best to have gun on the other side,” Lauer said.
Every gun owner should read that article and the supporting articles linked from the post. There is just no reason at all that a responsible gun owner should have firearms where kids can get them. No reason.
Accidents are rare, let’s make them non-existent.