There’s nothing political about the following statement. The third leading cause of death among children in the United States are owing to guns.
This, according to a study published in the journal Pediatrics. This doesn’t mean that guns are the problem. Far from it. Guns by themselves are no more dangerous than a plastic cup from McDonald’s.
The largest problem with guns and the number one reason so many children are killed by them is because children aren’t properly taught how to treat guns.
Which brings up a very legitimate question, is there a wrong time to talk to kids about guns? Is there a time when it’s NOT OK to teach them about guns. Is there ever an age where it’s too early to teach a child about the power of a gun and that they should respect that power?
Well, that depends on what your end goal is.
The study indicated 1,297 children are killed by gun-related injuries every single year. Liberals try and extrapolate and say the mere presence of a gun in person’s home increases a child’s likelihood of dying from a gun-related injury.
While that may be true (if there’s not a gun in a house it is much harder for a child to be shot) it doesn’t take into account a few things.
The first question are firearms in the home secured? Many times the reason a child is killed by a gun is because guns are left unsecured in the home and children without any training pick them up an shoot themselves or a friend.
And the second major question is have children with guns in the home been trained on how to use a gun, or trained what to do when they come across a gun?
Many times the answer is they have not. This ultimately places the blame not on the gun, but on the adult in the home. It goes without saying if an adult has a gun in the home, they are responsible for the gun, as well as training anyone who doesn’t own the gun how to interact with the weapon.
And that’s why if you were to ask us, and most people in the firearms community if there’s ever a time where children are “too young” to learn about guns and gun safety the answer is overwhelmingly, NO!
Why You Should Teach Children about Gun Safety As Early As Possible
The truth of the matter is the earlier in life you can show a child the raw power and lethality of a gun, the better chance you have of instilling a deep sense of respect for a weapon.
And when a child respects a weapon, they won’t pull it out will-nilly and harm themselves.
This is why the NRA has spent years focusing on and funding research that enhances a child’s knowledge of guns.
One of their best-known programs, and one every gun-owner with a child in the home should teach, is called the Eddie Eagle program.
This breaks down firearm safety into 4 simple, easy to understand steps should they encounter an unsecured gun.
2. Don’t touch
3. Leave the area
4. Tell an adult
While it’s impossible to tell how many lives this has saved since its introduction in 1988, the NRA boasts more than 29 million children have been trained using the Eddie Eagle program and it’s safe to say many of them have had to use the program in their lives.
But gun hating groups actually wish the Eddie Eagle program didn’t exist.
Paul Helmke who used to run the Brady Campaign wrote:
[I]t would be wise to stop this misguided excuse for gun safety education in its tracks. The NRA dresses up its gun safety course in the guise of a colorful cartoon character named Eddie Eagle. Yet there is absolutely no evidence directly linking the use of the Eddie Eagle program to a decline in children’s deaths by guns.
How much are you willing to bet Paul didn’t perform any exhaustive research confirming the veracity of his statements?
These fundamental lessons on gun safety are often the difference between life and death. Especially with younger children who are prone to making gross misjudgments in decision making.
But watch what happens when a child taught how to react to a gun follows the rules:
The truth is once the foundations are in place, the chances a child will behave responsibly around a gun go up dramatically.
From there a growing interest in a gun, along with continued education will lead a child to exhibiting the best habits with guns so they can be trusted with them at all times.