Posted 14 June 2012 - 06:43 PM
Pretty basic, decent advice. One thing I'd add is that when a child is old enough to understand, and incrementally thereafter in accord with the developmental age/comprehension level of that child, the safe operation and workings of a firearm should be taught. It's one thing to teach them not to touch (which is great for the wee ones) and to have a single demo to let them touch/become disenchanted with the firearm. That is good and has its' place. However, if a child is going to be in close proximity to a firearm (e.g., one inside their home) then that child should be taught how guns work, what happens when one is fired, and the consequences of operating a weapon. Muzzle safety, trigger discipline, proper way to hold/handle a weapon, etc., should all be covered. Imho, a child taught to fear a gun is not fully, properly educated on the topic. At some point during their life that frightened child will be a frightened person who might need to access that weapon. While safety in the interim is important, making sure that children (and people in general) understand that a gun is a tool and that there are proper uses for said tool is just as important. A firearm in the hands of an undereducated person is just as dangerous as one in the hands of a child who doesn't know better.
My two cents.