Gun safety rules are important for everybody learn. All guns should be treated with respect and caution.
Responsible gun owners know the importance of gun safety because they don’t want themselves, or anyone else, to be involved in an avoidable accident that could put lives at risk.
Gun Safety Rules
If the common rules of gun safety are followed, none of the tragic accidents involving guns would happen. That means all accidental gun deaths would be avoided if firearms safety rules were taught.
At the most basic level, here’s one simple rule to remember: Don’t be stupid with guns.
Of course, that’s not enough. For more useful details let’s look at some popular sets of gun safety rules.
According to the NRA, here are the basics of gun safety:
NRA GUN SAFETY RULES
- ALWAYS Keep The Gun Pointed In A Safe Direction
- ALWAYS Keep Your Finger Off The Trigger Until Ready To Shoot
- ALWAYS Keep The Gun Unloaded Until Ready To Use
When using or storing a gun, always follow these additional nine NRA rules:
- Know your target and what is beyond.
- Know how to use the gun safely.
- Be sure the gun is safe to operate.
- Use only the correct ammunition for your gun.
- Wear eye and ear protection as appropriate.
- Never use alcohol, over-the-counter drugs or prescription drugs before or while shooting.
- Store guns so they are not accessible to unauthorized persons.
- Be Aware of Additional Safety Precautions that may apply to specific guns or shooting situations
- Clean your gun to keep it operating properly. Make sure its unloaded while cleaning.
Next, let’s look at four common gun safety rules.
The Four Rules of Gun Safety
These four rules save lives every day. They are simple but powerful, and they could be taught to anyone from young school age children and up. You might be surprised that we suggest teaching these rules to children. But if a child happens to find a gun lying on the ground on a city street, or in the middle of the woods, their chances of survival are much higher if they know how to safely handle the weapon.
Gun Manufacturers Safety Rules
Gun manufacturers are keenly aware of the power of guns. That’s why most have their own rules for gun safety.
Glock has 12 gun safety rules they include with every gun purchase. When I bought my Glock G45 Gen 5 pistol, it came with a booklet on firearm safety that included these rules. Here is a small part of that handbook:
The Basic Rules of Firearm Safety by Glock Inc.
Basic Firearm Safety Rules
From the time the first colonists landed on American shores, firearms played an essential role in our survival, both as a nation and as individuals. Today over 70 million Americans own and use firearms, and the Federal Government estimates that firearms are kept in over half the households in this country. With this freedom must come responsibility. As a firearms owner and user, you must take responsibility for the safe handling and safe storage of your guns. You are taking the first step by reading this handbook, but you can go further by enrolling in any one of the numerous shooting safety courses available throughout the country. Firearms safety is up to you!
- Handle all firearms as if they were loaded.
- Always keep the firearm pointed in a safe direction. 2b. Remember: You should never point a gun (weather loaded or unloaded) at another person or at yourself.
- Keep your finger out of the gun’s trigger guard and off the trigger until you have aligned the gun’s sights on a safe target and you have made the decision to fire.
- Always be certain that your target and the surrounding area are safe before firing.
- Whenever you handle a firearm, the first thing you should do (while keeping it pointed in a safe direction with your finger outside the trigger guard) is to open the action to determine wether or not the firearm is loaded.
- Thoroughly read the instruction manual supplied with your firearm.
- Before firing your weapon, you should routinely make sure that your firearm is in good working order and that the barrel is clear of dirt and obstructions.
- Only use ammunition recommended by the firearm manufacturer, and always be certain that the ammunition matches the caliber of your gun.
- Quality ear and eye protection should always be worn when shooting or observing.
- Never use firearms while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- All firearms should be stored unloaded and secured in a safe storage case, inaccessible to children and untrained adults.
- The transportation of firearms is regulated by Federal, State, and local laws. Always transport your firearm in a safe, unloaded condition and in accordance with applicable laws.
The Glock Gun Safety Rules handbook includes a lot more detail for each point. But even these high level bullet points are extremely valuable and will prevent injury and death when they are followed closely.
Gun Safety Rules Signs
It’s a good idea to keep these rules in front of you to remind you and others to stay safe. Check out these gun safety signs you can buy to put up in your house, garage, shooting range, or wherever you store guns or use them.
How to stop gun violence
When tragedy strikes across the national news it’s usually because someone has carelessly or intentionally mishandled firearms and hurt themselves or others. Before we get into the specific rules for safely handling guns, let’s talk about the worst cast scenario: Violent gun crimes.
If someone makes the choice to commit a crime, no amount of rules will stop them.
School shootings, road rage shootings, gun fights, and gang violence are more complex problems that need more than laws to fix.
The beliefs, life experiences, and health of individual people, their families, and their communities all influence their choices.
How can we stop people from choosing the path of violence and crime?
It starts with the hearts and minds of people. To completely end all violent crime, each individual person would have to choose good over evil in every moment of their life. That’s a hard problem that is old as humanity itself that religions and governments haven’t completely solved yet.
Ancient books like the Bible teach principles that help, but almost seem forgotten in modern times. Things like love, forgiveness, kindness, patience and hope could serve us well these days.
In an ideal world, every person would be raised in a loving family, surrounded with positive productive friends, and supported by a rich diverse community that helped reinforce a healthy mindset with the skills to manage their emotions.
But instead we live in a world where too many people grow up in abusive families, hang out with destructive friends, live in broken communities, and don’t have the mindset or emotional skills to keep themselves from making bad impulsive decisions.
To end gun violence we must help people learn how to solve their problems peacefully and believe that they can thrive without seeing violence as a shortcut.
Parents can do a lot to help their kids stay away from violence by the culture and principles they pass down. Families can reach out to people who seem disconnected from society. Through churches, local government programs, and other charitable organizations we can improve our communities.
Each of us can choose the path of love and forgiveness. The more of us that do will spread ripples of good around the world. Each person you’re good to inspires more good in them to pass on to someone else. For some, the good you spread could be the only good they experience that day.
You literally make the world better with every good choice you make.
Do more good!