To train or not to train? That is the loaded question. In a world with extreme conservative versus liberal views and a media that spins numbers with misleading statistics, you will find some varying passionate answers to this question. When should you start teaching kids to shoot?
If you’re looking up statistics, I would urge you to proceed with caution. There is a lot of “spin.” While the numbers may be correct, the way they are presented is typically deceptive to serve propaganda purposes. For example, you will see certain numbers for “children killed by guns” per year. The information you are not getting is that, in these stats, a child is considered anyone under the age of 21. So while your mind is picturing a young child who has accidentally shot his or herself or someone else, the reality is that the majority are older teens and young adults who have intentionally committed a crime. Guns do not kill people. People with ill intent wielding guns do. I believe there is a greater need for fixing our moral compass rather than expand gun control.
There are cases, however, where a child has found a firearm and horrible accidents have occurred. This can be totally thwarted with proper education and training. If you have firearms in your home as well as children, you have a responsibility to educate and train them on gun safety. Taking it a step further, training them to shoot under your guidance is even more beneficial.
To get a better understanding in this area, I asked five firearms experts to weigh in on how and when to begin training young shooters.
Fred Mastison — President of Force Options Tactical Training Solutions
I am a firm believer in teaching kids to shoot. There are many reasons for this, but two main points are safety and self-confidence. If you have firearms in the home, it is important that kids understand them in totality. Not only that they are potentially dangerous, but if they are treated with respect, they can be enjoyable. Kids that learn to shoot safely and correctly gain a level of self-confidence that is tough to find elsewhere…
BJ Campbell over at Medium has written an interesting article about the mathematically sound basis for being prepared. The title sounds more sensational than the content. The article isn’t really about firearms, but about how statistics show that really bad events, for which you should be prepared, happen with higher probability than most imagine.
…There’s a common misconception in the media about the eventuality for which the preppers are exactly prepping. That’s because they’re a diverse group, and prep for many different things. No, they aren’t planning for a revolution to overthrow the government. (Most of them, anyway.) Mostly they’re planning to keep themselves and their families safe while someone else tries to overthrow the government. That or zombies. More on zombies below.
While we don’t have any good sources of data on how often zombies take over the world, we definitely have good sources of data on when the group of people on the piece of dirt we currently call the USA attempt to overthrow the ruling government. It’s happened twice since colonization. The first one, the American Revolution, succeeded. The second one, the Civil War, failed. But they are both qualifying events. Now we can do math.
Stepping through this, the average year for colony establishment is 1678, which is 340 years ago. Two qualifying events in 340 years is a 0.5882% annual chance of nationwide violent revolution against the ruling government. Do the same math as we did above with the floodplains, in precisely the same way, and we see a 37% chance that any American of average life expectancy will experience at least one nationwide violent revolution.
This is a bigger chance than your floodplain-bound home getting flooded out during your mortgage.
It’s noticeably bigger.
From the NRA-ILA
On Sunday, July 23, a number of bills that passed from the 2017 legislative session went into effect that impact your Second Amendment rights.
Senate Bill 5268, sponsored by Sen. Dean Takko (D-19), created an optional renewal notice for holders of concealed pistol licenses where applicants who choose to list an email address will receive a renewal notice email within 60 days of their permit’s expiration date. This is a simple way to help remind citizens to renew their concealed pistol licenses in a timely manner.
Senate Bill 5552, sponsored by Sen. Jamie Pedersen (D-43), addresses some of the problems created by the overwhelmingly flawed I-594 law. It provides certain exemptions to the ban on private transfers, such as for the purposes of preventing suicide, loans between family members, and temporary transfers made while the transferee and firearm are in the presence of the transferor. In addition, it also clarifies certain things such as allowing for transfers between employees and agents in the course of business activity, and that “firearm” does not include flare projectors or construction tools.
House Bill 1100, sponsored by Rep. David Taylor (R-15), created a renewal notice postcard for concealed pistol licenses that will be sent out 90 days before the expiration date, beginning with licenses that expire on or after August 1st, 2018. This is another simple way to help remind citizens to renew their concealed pistol licenses in a timely manner.
House Bill 1612, sponsored by Rep. Tina Orwall (D-33), continues the work of the Safer Homes Suicide Prevention Task Force, in which the National Rifle Association and others in the Second Amendment community joined with mental health professionals, the Department of Veteran Affairs, suicide prevention organizations, and law enforcement for the common purpose of preventing suicides.
Senate Bill 5256, sponsored by Sen. Joe Fain (R-47), allows for a new “permanent” order with no expiration date, which could result in the loss of Second Amendment rights without due process. Amendments introduced by state Senator Mike Padden (R-4) and state Representative Jay Rodne (R-5) were adopted in both the Senate and House versions of the bill to allow respondents to petition once per year to have their firearms rights restored by showing there has been a material change in circumstances. Your NRA-ILA worked to make improvements to the bill to protect against infringements on Second Amendment rights, yet remained opposed to the legislation as there is not sufficient due process built in prior to granting these orders that could ultimately result in the permanent removal of a constitutional right.
House Bill 1501, sponsored by Rep. Drew Hanson (D-23) and Dave Hayes (R-10), directs firearm dealers to report to the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs (WASPC) instances where a dealer denies an application for the transfer of a firearm due to a background check indicating the applicant is ineligible to possess a firearm under either state or federal law. If the applicant believes the denial was made in error, information will be available that describes the process of appealing a NICS decision, and also referring them to local law enforcement if the denial was the result of a state background check. If you are a firearms dealer, please visit the WASPC website here for further information.
Source – NRA-ILA – click for article
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