CYPRESS TEXAS — In the past week, the Cypress News Review has run two articles about 17-year-olds mishandling guns that led to other kids being killed.
2. Never let the muzzle cover anything that you are not willing to destroy.
3. Keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on target and you have made the decision to shoot.
4. Be sure of your target and what is behind it.
In my opinion, the best option to spread the knowledge of gun safety to the widest amount of our youth is for the public school system to be forced into teaching the subject as a graduation requirement. However, this is a pie-in-the-sky idea, just like teaching high schoolers how to handle their taxes, beyond a 1040-EZ. It’s not the schools, it’s what they’re required to teach, that is the problem in this case.
There’s a whole host of problems with trying to get weapon safety education into our public schools, so it ultimately falls upon the parents and the community to teach our youngsters how to be safe with firearms. Sadly, parents of prior generations left their children to the whims of the public education system. The lack of parental involvement in education — decades ago — is now having the effect of generations of students without the skills that are now coined “Adulting.” Many of today’s parents don’t even know how to cook a meal, much less handle a gun safely.
I’m going to send you to three places:
- Online — Watch the Eddie Eagle video above. Nine minutes and your kids will have a bit of good knowledge to help them along. There’s a bunch of not-so-educational videos online, too.
So if you’re interested in learning about guns and the martial life, I’m going to send you to Clint Smith’s Thunder Ranch, James Yeager’s Tactical Response, and Magpul’s The Art of … series.
- Your local gun range or gun store. You can find a list of them here (https://www.nssf.org/shooting/where-to-shoot/). Every range and gun store I’ve been to has personnel trained in firearm safety, and the stores carry gun safes and disabling cables for sale.
Boy Scouts of America. There are optional training courses and marksmanship activities for both boys and girls that start at the Kindergarten grade level “Lions” with slingshot activities and grow from there. (The Girl Scouts of the USA also has a marksmanship program, however finding information on their program is difficult at best.)
Scouting covers a very wide array of subject matters. Just last week a certified nurse taught my son and his den how to do CPR. Hopefully, he won’t need to use that skill any time soon, but if he ever needs it, he’ll Be Prepared. (Intentional pun!)
You can find your local Boy Scouts with this handy website (https://beascout.scouting.org/), and the BSA will be fully open to girls very soon. So if you’re not in the Cypress, Texas, area and there isn’t a Girl Scout troop nearby — which is the situation with my niece, who lives in a more-rural area — your daughter may be able to join scouting under the BSA flag.
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