Gun owners and non-gun owners alike will find plenty of useful information in this presentation display. As proper firearm safety can mean the difference between life and death, the display notes that a few simple precautions can prevent tragedies.
The introductory section of the display addresses the unfortunate statistics associated with gun-related accidents. Over 600 people die each year from unintentional gun shot wounds, 150 of which are children. Over 14,000 adults and 2,500 children are wounded every year by guns.
One part of being a responsible gun owner is knowing and following the rules of gun safety. One of the most important tenets of gun safety is to treat every gun as if it were loaded and as if it could fire at any time. Gun owners are reminded to keep the gun pointed in a safe direction at all times. Another rule notes that when guns are not in use, they should be unloaded. However, 30% of gun owners keep their firearms loaded and unlocked.
Gun owners should take all necessary precautions to ensure that their firearms do not accidentally discharge. These precautions include keeping fingers away from the trigger unless shooting, not relying solely on the gun’s safety, checking the chamber or magazine prior to loading the gun, and regulary servicing the firearm. These rules also discuss general safe handling instructions like wearing ear and eye protection, learning about the firearm’s mechanical details, and not handling guns while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
It’s estimated that about 50% of households in the United States own firearms. This suggests that even though many children are not raised in a household with a gun, there’s still a good chance that they may come across one while at a friend or family member’s home. Children should be taught that if they find an unattended firearm, they should keep their distance, not touch it, and find an adult. Many children’s ideas about guns come from how they see them portrayed in movies and TVs, so it’s important that they know the difference between fantasy and reality.
The display finishes by discussing storage, safety equipment, and firearm training. Firearms and ammunition should be kept under lock and key. Safety locks and loaded chamber indicators can offer additional measures of security. Inexperienced firearm owners can also take advantage of training programs offered by police departments or local NRA chapters. With adequate education, accidental deaths and injuries from firearms can be drastically reduced.
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