[BOOK REVIEW] Safety On: An Introduction to the World of Firearms for Children
Folks, it’s important that our children knows about firearms. They’re a defensive tool that more and more people are trying to demonize, but we know better.
Children need to know the “do’s” and “don’t’s” of firearm safety — and we need to show them a good example in the way we behave.
And that’s exactly what Safety On: An Introduction to the World of Firearms for Children, a new book for children’s firearm safety, discusses.
The book, written by Yehuda Remer, is meant to serve as a resource for parents and children so that children have an example from the word “go” as to what do around a firearm.
The book’s tone is set immediately — the young boy Kyle admires his dad, and wants to be just like him.
His dad is also an firearm enthusiast and responsible owner.
The dad tells the boy that even his toy guns can be dangerous, and that he isn’t to ever treat them as if they aren’t loaded.
His dad teaches him that he is to never, ever touch a firearm without his help, and he shows Kyle his huge gun safe, putting an emphasis on proper gun storage — a vital aspect of keeping firearms out of reach of children until a supervised encounter is prepared.
Kyle is taught to never touch a gun if he finds one laying out, and to tell an adult.
That information, right there, is literally enough to save lives.
The author goes on to explain, through the perspective of Kyle, why guns are important, how to behave at a firearms range, and of course, trigger discipline.
Heck. I know some adults who should read this book.
The last page of the book? The major rules of gun safety.
At the risk of sounding a little preachy, my only objection to this book is this — he makes a point of saying not to point toy guns at people. Some people may totally agree with that, and there’s nothing wrong with that.
At the same time, how many of us would be who we are today without a healthy round of cops and robbers?
I understand the author’s stance — really, it’s the only questionable part of an entire book. That’s pretty big.
This book is a great read with your kid, and drives all the points home. It’s not expensive. Take a look here. For even more fun, the same book is now available as a coloring book. You can check that one out here.
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