-By Ryan Cleckner
Firearm safety has always been big in the hunting and competition communities. Even if you don’t have a firearm in the home, you never know if or when your child may encounter one for the first time.
What will your child do when a friend wants to show them their dad’s gun? Have you done enough as a parent to teach your child how to respond? Firearm Safety Is No Accident encourages a “Stop, get away, tell an adult” philosophy with firearms.
Jack and Alice, like all busy kids, make mistakes. In my experience, that seems to be a part of growing and learning. Firearm Safety Is No Accident teaches children that accidents happen and that’s okay. Most accidents can be fixed with a broom and some glue, things can be fixed and replaced and that they are still loved.
The book does this in a way that kids want to hear without making you sound like a nagging parent.
A firearm is introduced at the end of the book when Jack goes to visit his grandpa. Alice and jack both learn that an accident with a firearm can result in very serious injury that can’t be fixed with “glue or paste.”
After the children’s part of the story is a section for the adults that talks about firearm safety as well. Children must learn how to react in a bad situation, but real gun safety always starts with the adults. It’s up to you to keep your youngster safe, so do your part and keep it locked up.
The book also includes the four basic rules of firearm safety. This was kept separate from the children’s section. “Stop, get away, tell an adult” is a very easy message for kids to remember while also disarming a potentially bad situation.
If you decide that you would like to introduce your child to these rules, you can do so on your own when you feel that they are ready.
Alice and Jack are busy kids! Like any busy kid, they make mistakes. Fortunately, their parents are understanding and quick to forgive. But when Jack goes to visit his Gramps, who owns a gun, Jack and Alice both learn that you cannot make mistakes around guns. There’s only one you!
Firearm Safety is No Accident is for parents who want to educate their children about the importance of firearm safety, whether the lesson relates to their own home, or going to a friend’s house. Ensure your children stay safe by knowing the proper response upon seeing a gun, so accidents don’t happen!
This illustrated, engaging book not only teaches children, but also illustrates how your child can inform their friends about firearm safety. What better way to keep kids safe than have them help one another?
I was educated with firearms at a very young age. I had my first Red Ryder before I was 5, and I’ve been shooting ever since. Safety has always been the biggest priority when I was shooting with my father or step-dad.
By 10 years old I had saved up enough for my first Marlin 22LR. I still use this gun almost every time I got to the range. People are amazed when I tell them it’s almost 20 years old.
My son has always been very smart, and very interested in anything that dad likes. Being a stickler about safety, I made sure he practiced trigger discipline even when using a Nerf gun.
When he started showing interest in shooting with me, I started looking for books on gun safety. There are plenty of resources that go on about the four basic rules, but I wanted something that he would actually listen to.
He enjoyed Firearm Safety Is No Accident so much he was reading it on his own. He even read the section for adults in the back and started asking me questions about my safe gun storage.
We started with my old Red Ryder and really got into the four rules of gun safety. Once he had the rules down and practiced them at all times, we got out my old Marlin 22LR. At the age of 7 he started using my .223 Remington. The kick was a lot more than the 22LR he was used to, but he does a great job out to 200 yards. Here are some great guns for beginners.
I completely agree it is less convenient for safety when you keep your firearms unloaded and locked in a safe. In my personal opinion, it is far less convenient to go to your child’s funeral because they found a gun that was out where it shouldn’t have been.
Firearm safety has to start with adults that care about real change. We have far too many deaths in this country due to negligence of any age. Real education about guns and how to use them safely can save more lives than any gun control measure they can pass.
Firearms have been a part of American history since the beginning. Our citizens are the largest armed force in the world. Even if you don’t own a firearm, proper education about the subject for you and your children can only help. Books like this really help to get the message across at a very young age.
1. Treat all guns as if they are loaded.
2. Never point a gun at anything you aren’t going to shoot.
3. Keep your finger off the trigger until you’re ready to fire.
4. Be sure of your target and what’s beyond it.
These rules save lives. If we start with quality safety education at a young age, we can all do the same.
More on this in our article on figuring out the right age to get them started.
Firearm Safety Is No Accident is available as a paperback or on Kindle. At the time of publishing, you can read it for free with Kindle Unlimited. You can sign up for a free trial of Kindle Unlimited here. The link below will take you straight to the sales page on Amazon.
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