Where has the common sense gone?

by @ 3:13 pm on April 15, 2008.

The two most important rules of firearm safety are:

Rule #1:  A gun is always considered to be loaded.  The only time a gun is considered unloaded is when it has been completely disassembled.
Rule #2:  Never point a gun at anything you do not intend to shoot.

When I was just a wee little lad, both my father and my grandfather drilled these rules into my head.  When I had enlisted in the military, those same rules were repeated at every single rifle range I had seen.  And these rules exist for a very good reason; guns, like many other tools, can be extremely dangerous if mishandled.  Even though I played “Cops and Robbers” or “Cowboys and Indians” like many other boys, my grandfather always insisted that I treat my toy guns as though they were real.

As my grandfather always said, “Guns are tools, not toys.  The second you fail to respect your gun, you will hurt someone.”  Given that my grandfather was The Font From Which All Wisdom Flowed, I saw no reason to doubt his words, nor did I ever have the desire to try and prove him wrong on this.

Simply put, guns were a fact of life in my household, and neither me, my sister, nor my brother ever believed that guns were something with which we could play.

It seems, however, that basic common sense firearm safety is not being taught, which is why we have kids treating them like fun toys and getting hurt or killed in the process.

Kids are no longer taught how to keep themselves safe, and I mean this in very broad terms, not just with firearms.  Rather, parents (who really do not deserve the title) are pushing for the Government to restrict or ban anything that might scuff their precious little darling’s knees.  As a result, we are seeing a generation that will soon come of age, and not be able to cope with the real world, and unable to understand why they cannot just live at home with mommy and daddy.

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2 Responses to “Where has the common sense gone?”

  1. Thus Spake Ortner Says:

    Long time no see Vic- Hope all is well with you.
    Like the Obama Altar post below.

  2. Levois Says:

    Great post I hope I won’t be a parent who thinks kids should be protected from everything.

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