The importance of teaching children to respect weapons
R-E-S-P-E-C-T, I am still not entirely clear what that word means to Aretha Franklin. However, Webster’s dictionary defines the word as “A feeling or understanding that someone or something is important, serious, etc., and should be treated in an appropriate way.”
One could argue that the very concept of respect is missing in our society today. We see elderly men and women that are neglected. We see a loss of respect for women. We see a loss of respect for life.
I love hunting. I love waking up early, walking the fields, sitting in my blind, and watching the world wake up. I love the fact that I have the opportunity to use a certain set of skills to bring home my game, and provide nutritious food for my family.
Just recently I was reading the local paper, and I came upon some heartbreaking news. The headline read, “12 Year Old Boy Fatally Shoots Baby Brother”. When I read that headline, my heart sank. My heart broke for that family, and that young boy who will never be the same. As a father I couldn’t help but take a look at myself, and my home. I had to ask if something like this could / would happen at my house.
It is time we revive respect for firearms. It is time that we treat them appropriately and make sure our children do as well. I like watching various television shows that highlight weapons and give demonstrations. They are entertaining, and they give me something to dream about. Unfortunately due to the entertainment side of the industry they do not spend much time dealing with the “boring details” of all of the safety precautions that were put into place. This leaves the responsibility on our shoulders (where it belongs) to train our children in these matters.
How to train children to respect guns
Make it fun.
Make sure when talking to your children about firearms safety you do not bore them to tears. Give them some incentive to pay attention. Inform them that if they listen attentively while receiving instruction you will take them to the range later that day and let them have some target practice.
Telling your children to treat every gun as if it were loaded is great! However, if they watch you and see that occasionally you are careless with your handling, it will have an impact on them. Also be consistent in the sense that safety and respect for weapons is not a “one time” talk. It is something to be discussed frequently within the home, and in the field.
Show them the danger.
Have you ever read an article in the paper similar to what I mentioned above? Have you ever heard one of those heartbreaking stories on the news? Share those things with your children. Make sure that they are aware of the great threat that guns can present if handled improperly.
Let’s make sure that each of us are doing our part to promote gun safety within our homes, and pass it along to the next generation. The world does not need fewer guns. The world needs more responsible gun owners.
Have you found an effective method for teaching children about gun safety? We would love to hear from you! Leave your thoughts in the comment section.
About The Author
Troy is a family man. He currently serves as a youth and family minister. Troy is a man who is very passionate about God, family, and guns. He enjoys escaping to the woods at every opportunity for a hunting trip. He is also very passionate about the way we raise our children to have respect for God, fellow man, and of course guns.