I've been around guns since I can remember. I grew up in the country and we were always shooting at bottles and cans, competing with each other. We are getting ready to start taking our oldest to the range to get some experience with shooting. She's getting to the age where we can leave the younger ones with her for short periods of time and I want her to feel confident and comfortable with weapons, just in case.
I was just watching the news and they said that sales have been going up on guns and more woman are buying them. Will you be buying one with all this crime?
Yes indeed!!! I am going to take lessons. I want to use it properly and safely.
@ghostfire1999: I have taught about a dozen or more people about guns, safety, and shooting. I don't charge anything for doing this (I'll go to the gun range with you if you pay your fee). Let me know if you're interested.
I would make the same offer to anyone, if you fund the range costs. Rifle, shotgun, handgun, etc...., any of the above.
My hubby likes and owns guns... They make me nervous
Guns should not make you nervous, only the person using it.
Yep, it's irresponsible owners that make me incredibly nervous. Loaded unlocked guns being left within reach of children not mature enough to understand the responsible use of them is a major pet peeve of mine. I was too young to remember the cousin who was shot and killed by his older brother but I grew up with the stories of how it happened and I saw the aftermath of what it did. When you own a gun, you have to be respectful of what it can do and you have to be responsible. If you can't be those things, you have no business near them.
Really it is not any different than cars. Especially people driving after drinking. When I'm out at a party and I see everyone is drunk, I get nervous about sharing the road with them. It's not the object but how people interact with the object.
Which reminds me to give the refresher course to the younger kids.
It's also important to teach the kids what to do if they are visiting a home that has irresponsible gun owners. Like drunk drivers, it's not only your guns you have to think about, you also have to be prepared when you are letting kids go play at their friends' homes. Do their parents keep a loaded gun under the bed? Is their kid going to show it off to your kid? You have to teach your kids what to do in those situations too.
If you are going to have guns in your home, they should be locked or inaccessible to youngsters, but all adults in the home should know the basics of gun safety. If you are going to have a firearm for protection, then you need to learn how to feel very comfortable with handling and firing your gun.
I have actually recommended to some people that they not get a firearm for protection. There were a couple of reasons:
They knew nothing about firearms and weren't interested in learning.
They thought just the sight of a gun would scare a criminal away.
They believed that you could "shoot the gun out of the criminals hand" or some other Hollywood nonsense.