If you have a gun in the home, it is wise to invest in proper firearms training for the whole family. Even if you are not interested in teaching your child to learn to shoot at a young age, gun training that focuses on safety is important for everyone.
The Two Sides of Gun Ownership for Adults
As an adult, it is your Second Amendment right to have a gun, whether you use it for personal security and protection or for recreation. In our society, innocent people are the victims of home break-ins, so you may feel that having a gun on hand will protect you. You may also enjoy hunting or the exciting sport of marksmanship. A third scenario is that you may carry a gun for your job and are required to keep it in your home even when you are off duty. Regardless of the reason for having a gun in the home, it does have certain risks, and it can be a source of anxiety for some family members.
If you have children, it's important to remember that they are naturally curious and are very adept at finding what adults think that they have safely hidden. Worrying about children accidentally "finding" and playing with a gun can be a major source of anxiety for a parent. Instead of doing a better job "hiding" the gun, a good solution is to educate the children about gun safety so that they are not tempted to investigate on their own.
Family Firearms Training for All
Family firearms training can get everyone in the household thinking about firearms safety and how to handle guns in the home. Often held at gun shops or at private academies, gun courses might have several different approaches:
Coupled with proper gun storage in the home, gun classes can make your home safer and give both adults and children peace of mind. RAIN6 offers gun safety classes for individuals, kids, groups or private families.