Thursday, 30 January 2020 05:07

Talking to Children About Gun Safety

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Here are some ways you can have a conversation with your child about firearms and what they need to stay safe.

Talking to Children About Gun Safety

Always invite your children to come to you whenever they have questions or concerns about guns.

  • Remind them never to touch any gun or bullets.
  • Explain the difference between toy guns and real ones.
  • Stress the fact that guns can kill and encourage them to make safe decisions.
  • Lead by example and demonstrate safe gun practices that your children can observe.
  • Encourage children to tell you if they ever feel unsafe at home or at school.
  • Help choose programs, movies, and games that are non-violent. Talk to them about violence in television, movies, and videogames and prompt them to discuss their feelings.
  • Be on the lookout for signs of depression, since suicide is one of the common causes of youth handgun death.
  • Check with other parents to find out if they have a gun in their home before your children visit.


Rules for Safe Gun Storage

  • Keep all guns and ammunition out of the reach of children, untrained adults, and those who would use them improperly.
  • Always keep your guns locked in a gun safe that cannot be easily broken into or taken away. If one is not available, use a cable lock or trigger lock (one that goes behind the trigger is preferred) and store the guns out of the reach of those who should not have access to them.
  • Keep the keys to gun safes and gun locks hidden and out of the reach of those who should not have access to them.
  • Store your guns unloaded and with the safety on.
  • Keep the guns dry, cleaned and oiled while in storage.
  • Store guns and ammunition in a dry cool place and away from heat and fire.


The 12 Golden Rules for Safe Gun Handling

  • Always treat the gun as if it is loaded.
  • Always keep the gun pointed in a safe direction.
  • Always keep your finger straight and off the trigger until you are ready to shoot.
  • Always keep the gun unloaded until you are ready to use it.
  • Never point the gun at anything you don't intend to shoot.
  • Be sure of your target and what is beyond it.
  • Learn the mechanical and handling characteristics of the gun you are using.
  • Always use proper ammunition.
  • Be sure the barrel is clear of obstructions before loading and shooting.
  • If your gun fails to fire when the trigger is pulled, hold your shooting position for several seconds; then with the muzzle pointed in a safe direction, carefully unload the gun.
  • Don't rely on the gun's safety to keep it from firing.


Be aware of your surroundings when handling guns so you don't trip or lose your balance and accidentally point and/or fire the gun at anyone or anything.

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Jerry Farsoun

Jerry Farsoun, a social entrepreneur who for more than a decade has been championing the personal safety space using technology.

In 2008 he set the world aviation record for the longest solo and unassisted ultralight flight in a powerchute around mainland Australia. This was to help reduce the stigma and raise awareness of depression with an emphasis on suicide prevention.

He spent the near decade researching technology to help people who felt vulnerable and in 2015, began developing a platform that helped anyone who was in need and may not be in a postion to put a call out for help.

He was nominated for Australian of the Year in 2017 and his company was a finalist in Business of the Decade in 2018.

The personal safety platform is called Leelou launched on the AppStores in 2018 is keeping us safer anywhere, anytime by always being available to provide immediate personal protection so we can enjoy some of the freedoms to live as we choose.

You can learn more about Jerry on his website