Friday, May 24, 2013

Michigan Firearm Safety FAQ: Should Children Be Taught Firearm Safety?

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Q: Just curious, what comes to your mind when seeing images like this??

Thought I might get something from ya regarding. You have a responsibility with your audience. I have a smaller audience but I think that responsibility is important. I don't understand the weapon there, but if that's a silencer type device on that weapon, wow. Bottom line - I see immediately and support that we need to teach our children. HOWEVER, putting a loaded weapon in the hands OR trying to teach a child of that age is utter bullshit. The picture is designed around sensationalism, and even for me pushes the wrong buttons. That image is something I wouldn't pass publicly.

A: Hey, I just got your question yesterday. I get a lot of questions from folks who want my opinion on a variety of topics. As such, I can't always give an answer right away. When I saw your question, I immediately had a response but I wanted to handle prior received inquiries before addressing your question. Toss in the fact that I had two back-to-back classes to conduct in addition to coordinating a demonstration against the Wayne County Gun Event, I did not give you an answer as fast as you wanted. I truly enjoy sharing my opinions, feedback, and expertise with people who want my feedback.

With respect to your specific question, I see no problem with educating children about firearm safety and teaching them how to safely operate a firearm. The first question that usually comes to mind is exactly what age should a child be taught. There is no clear answer. Certainly, it should not happen before the child has an interest. However, it should be strongly considered when they first start asking questions. The specific content should be tailored to child's intelligence and maturity levels.

I have no issue with a competent firearm user teaching his child about firearms. I personally believe teaching kids about guns is a responsible activity if done safely. In addition, if children are taught about guns when they are young it will remove the mystery and fascination about them and reduce the urge to "play" with them if they come into contact with them outside of the family home or other environments.

The state of Michigan has a proud hunting tradition and will issue a hunting license to children if they meet the requirements as young as 10 years of age. If we are not willing to teach our young children about guns, we are allowing other influences to have a priority in shaping their beliefs: cartoons, comic books, sitcoms, dramas, video games, music videos, feature films, toys, and other children.

I support parents teaching their kids about firearms, if only as a preventive measure to ensure their safety when they come into contact with them. Guns, with respect to children, should taught when appropriate - no different than fire, swimming pools, scissors, and knives.

Furthermore, there is no legal issue with using a suppressor/silencer on your firearm in the state of Michigan - and many other states - if you have the correct license from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.

Disclaimer
You are strongly encouraged to not only conduct your own independent research but to also consult with a competent and qualified attorney before acting upon any information in this article. Laws covering self-defense, lethal force, firearms, and the Michigan Concealed Pistol License and their enforcement are always subject to change due to laws being amended, politics conducted in the Prosecutor's Office, and election results at all levels of government. Ignorance of the law, legally speaking, is not a valid excuse for running afoul of it. The penalties and fines imposed upon violators of firearms related offenses are stiff and severe.

About The Author
Rick Ector is a National Rifle Association credentialed Firearms Trainer, who provides Michigan CCW Class training in Detroit for students at his firearms school - Rick's Firearm Academy of Detroit.

Ector is a recognized expert in firearm safety and has been featured extensively in the national and local media: Associated Press, UPI, NRAnews, Guns Digest, Tactical-Life, The Truth About Guns, The Politics Daily, Fox News Detroit, The Detroit News, The Detroit Examiner, WJLB, WGPR, and the UrbanShooterPodcast.

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Phone: 313.733.74

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