A newspaper in DeKalb County, Ga., is reporting that the county police department is planning a March 19 “safety fair” in response to a Feb. 27 incident in which a youngster apparently found a gun in his mother’s car and accidentally shot himself.
It’s the kind of tragedy typically exploited by the gun prohibition lobby, but in this case, the newspaper chose to report genuine gun safety by quoting from the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s “Project ChildSafe” website. The advice is easy to follow, and does not involve removing firearms from the home, or calling for more gun control laws that would not have prevented the accident.
- Unloaded firearms should be stored in a locked cabinet, safe, gun vault or storage case. The storage location should be inaccessible to children.
- Gun locking devices render firearms inoperable and can be used in addition to locked storage. If firearms are disassembled, parts should be securely stored in separate locations.
- Ammunition should be stored in a locked location separate from firearms.
- Thoroughly double check firearms to confirm that they are unloaded when you remove them from storage. Accidents could occur if a family member borrows a gun and returns it to storage while still loaded.
The newspaper even provided a link to the NSSF site.
Meanwhile, several hundred miles to the north in Ohio, WBNS in Columbus is reporting how one county sheriff, appearing in a “virtual press conference hosted by Everytown for Gun Safety” has implored Gov. Mike DeWine to veto legislation allowing permitless carry. Anti-gunners don’t care for “constitutional carry” laws on the grounds people will be able to carry without training. Such arguments never include an acknowledgement that criminals do this all the time; constitutional carry puts law-abiding citizens on equal footing.
In this case, the Everytown group claims in its title to be a “gun safety” organization. Critics say the reality is far different, because the Michael Bloomberg-backed gun control lobbying group doesn’t offer genuine firearms safety courses nor do they have a network of volunteer firearms instructors to teach such courses.
“Gun safety” translates to gun control, including gun bans, licensing, registration, and other requirements designed to treat a constitutionally-enumerated right as though it were a government-granted privilege.
New agencies nowadays routinely—and erroneously—identify gun control lobbying groups as “gun safety” organizations. Such was the case this week when KCRG News in Cedar Rapids, Iowa reported that Moms Demand Action and Iowans for Gun Safety reacted to a shooting incident at a local high school by pushing for more gun control laws.
Down in Beverly Hills, Texas, police recently handed out free gun locks so gun owners can safely store firearms, according to KXXV News.
Groups such as NSSF, the National Rifle Association, Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms and many state level organizations have long advocated common sense safety procedures for guns, including storing guns and ammunition separately, using various levels of security, from gun locks up to gun safes with combination locks.