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Study Shows Children Taught Safety By Parents Less Likely to Play with Guns

According to the New York Times, toddlers shot an average of one victim per week in 2015. At least 265 children under the age of 18—and many much younger than that—picked up a gun and shot another child in the United States last year, and many of these pointless injuries and deaths could have been prevented if the children had been properly educated about firearm safety. One study suggested children who had received property education and training were far less likely to pick up a gun. This has not been proven, so be sure to err on the side of caution and follow these simple tips to help keep your child and others safe.

 

Sobering Facts about Kids and Firearms

Every day in the US seven children die from gun violence. According to the latest statistics, between 1999 and the present, children age 14 and younger have died from gun violence in the United States at a rate of 0.7 per 100,000. Sixteen per cent of those fatalities were unintentional. At just over 1.2%, that is just a very small portion of the overall total number of gun deaths during that period, but if your child is among those numbers it doesn’t matter how remote the possibility is. The danger is still real, and as a parent who is also a gun owner you will naturally want to do everything you can to make sure your precious child does not become another statistic.

 

The Importance of Demystifying Guns

The simple truth of the matter is children find guns fascinating, and even if you think your child knows better than to pick up a weapon, they may still be drawn to it. Handle your own guns with extra emphasis on safety. If your child has toy guns, show him or her the difference between the real gun and the toy to emphasize the difference. If your son or daughter is older, you may want to allow them to handle a weapon in a controlled environment. You may also want to consider allowing your child to shoot a harmless target such as a melon to let them see for themselves firsthand the serious damage a weapon can cause.

What Can You Do to Help?

If you have a gun in the home it is critical that you have a talk with your child about firearm safety and lead by example. Even if you are positive that your child will not pick up a gun, keep all guns in the house locked up when you are not supervising. You’ll want to make sure you have a gun safe in your house, and teach your children that they are not allowed to touch it without your permission. For an extra measure of safety, store your weapon and your ammunition in separate locked containers. Also, be sure to ask if there is a gun in the home before you allow your child to play at a friend’s house. Remember, just because your child is educated about firearms doesn’t mean their friends are.

 

How to Find Gun Safety Programs in Your Area

In many areas the NRA has a fantastic gun safety program that is aimed at preschool through third grade that will provide your child with information and hands-on experience with firearm usage and safety. If your local chapter does not offer these classes, get in touch with the NRA and they may be able to guide you toward age-appropriate resources. Local gun ranges may also offer these classes, so check with highly-rated ranges in your area. By educating your child and making sure you take steps to keep guns out of their reach, you will go a long way toward keeping your child out of harm’s way.

Second Amendment Rights for Veterans at Stake Due to Arbitrary Mental Health Rulings

In the wake of school and public shootings, many people are demanding legislature geared toward real problem solving about the issue of gun control. The methods by which our country moves to heed this cry is up for debate, but there’s something to be said about how far we allow second amendment rights to be restricted, especially when it comes to bills that pass with loopholes that are flat-out unconstitutional and unfairly target those who have served our country.

Veteran Discrimination

Many people are advocating for tighter restrictions on the accessibility of guns for people who have mental health problems of a certain degree, but such rhetoric that mental instability is the cause of mass shootings is faulty at best. Nonetheless, in response to this logic, there has been legislature that has banned people who have been ruled by a judge to be too unstable to buy firearms. However, veterans with PTSD seem to have been held to a different standard than other individuals and have been scrutinized far more closely. The process is far more arbitrary, leading to an almost undisputable discrimination against veterans. Essentially, the VA would be allowed to send names of veterans deemed mentally unstable to the FBI for inclusion on a barred list, but by what standards are these people judged?

Already in Place?

Reportedly, this legislature has been rejected, but in some areas, veterans have reported receiving notice in the mail that their second amendment rights were stripped, which is ultimately an easy, bureaucratic way to circumvent due process. The letter does detail how an individual can challenge such a decision, but doing so would be acquiescing to a lengthy and expensive appeals process that many veterans simply cannot afford. In essence, this would prevent a number of veterans from purchasing arms without any way to reverse the ruling.

There are allegedly a number of other veterans who claimed that the same second amendment rights were stripped from them without a single notice, finding out only when they went to buy a firearm and were denied.

It’s important to be more active when it comes to politics that directly affect our constitutional rights regardless of the current political temperature on the topic. Any restrictions that get put in place must not directly violate the rights afforded to us from the inception of this country or allow for discriminatory or infringement policies.

Preparedness Only Solution for Crumbling Infrastructure

Due to decades of neglect, our roads, bridges, power grid, and other elements of our infrastructure are crumbling. Regardless of political leaning, legions of politicians, business leaders, and even academics are all in agreement that such structures are nearly obsolete or worse, and there’s no current strategy in place to reverse the problem. Lack of funding makes even rebuilding over time almost impossible, and even with the proper plan of action, it’s possible that it’s too late for such measures. As it stands, many federal-level politicians simply don’t have the answers to how funding can be obtained and willfully allow this problem to fester over time.

With 70,000 bridges deemed structurally deficient and millions of Americans commuting each day, it’s not implausible that we’ll witness a catastrophic collapse in the near future, and that’s only one concern related to our crumbling infrastructure. An event such as “the grid” going down will have massive implications for this country, and possibly the world, as a whole. Imagine the zombie apocalypse without the walking dead and much more likely to actually occur. With the rate of deterioration so high, it’s almost inevitable even with legislation, money, and enthusiastic support from community members.

Many individuals go about their day not knowing that, in the blink of an eye, the electricity they use, the roads they drive on, the bridges they cross, and the ports that send and receive the goods we all consume globally could cease to exist from some cascading failure or another. It’s imperative that we refuse to let this decay continue and start to educate others and make our voices heard about this problem.

Preparedness Is Necessary

The other course of action, especially if legislators refuse to allocate the proper resources in order to correct the most pressing areas of concern and fast, is to be prepared for a massive shutdown. While we can never be truly ready for something of this magnitude, it’s important to have resources at the ready in case of emergency. The items on the following list are vital to both preparedness of a catastrophic event or even a full-on attack on our country from outside actors or terrorist groups:

  • Light sources such as solar lights, candles, kerosene lamps, and flashlights
  • Lighters and waterproof matches
  • Batteries in various sizes
  • Manual can openers
  • Basic tools such as pliers, screwdrivers, wrenches, and hammers
  • Duct tape, crazy glue, sewing supplies, and other items of this variety
  • WD40
  • Water and non-perishable food
  • First aid kits that include basic wound care items, over-the-counter medications, and anti-diarheal medications should sanitation become a problem
  • Special needs items such as diabetic care products, items for a baby, or food for individuals with dietary restrictions
  • Items for self-defense to prepare for civil unrest

Preparing for Civil Unrest: What You Can Do Now

There is nothing to joke about when it comes to the topic of protecting our families and freedom. These are very uneasy times, with global threats of terrorism and a variety of disturbances right here in our domestic backyard. Middle-class families are still in the everyday struggle to make it, and corruption within government, Wall Street, and the general corporate world seems like it is at an all-time high. Right now seems like a very opportune time to discuss our personal security and the steps we can all take to make sure we are well protected in the midst of a civil unrest.

The threat of any civil disturbance is a very serious one, for those who don’t have their blinders on. Mass fear and panic, an unexpected lack of resource, widespread disease or any type of terror can always be right around the corner. Fortunately there are a few ways we can all work through a civil unrest in our neighborhoods and survive. With preparation, what could be the apocalypse for some could simply be a minor convenience for the rest of us.

The first step in making sure that you are ready for any unnatural occurrence is to make certain that your basic and backup supplies are fully stocked in order. Water, food, sanitation materials and prescription medication can most likely me very scarce in a situation when there is widespread panic.

Second, take great inventory of your home’s security measures and decide if anything needs an upgrade. Are your weapons in a safe place that is accessible in the event that your home is breached? Considering the worst case scenario and planning for the best, is the best strategy to think of when preparing your home. Being able to shield what is going on outside in your neighborhood by simply setting your home up to be a safe haven can prove beneficial in the long run.

Third, keeping good stock of personal firearms and defenses is a great idea. Now might be the time to start hitting the gun range and shoring up your weapon accuracy as well. In the event of an emergency, the ability to react comes very fast. The more prepared you are, the longer your livelihood will remain unscathed.

Next you will want to stockpile a bit of cash in your home, preferably in a safe. In the event of mass chaos or a riot (for example), most banks and ATM’s are likely to be out of operation or inaccessible.

Last, your ability to survive any emergency solely depends on how prepared you are. Remember the famous adage, if you “fail to plan; you plan to fail!”