Safe Family: Gun Safety

By: Nicole Holt Email
By: Nicole Holt Email

Too many times we've seen children hurt in accidental shootings.

You probably know what guns are and what can happen if they fall into the wrong hands. Being safe can keep kids, teens and even adults from getting hurt.

Whether intentional or accidental, guns can be dangerous. The sad fact is that more children are injured or killed simply by finding a loaded gun -- and not knowing those dangers.

But the experts say education is your best bet for safety.

First, keeping a gun in the house is a big decision, and where you keep it is important.

Bob Foth is an Olympic silver medalist for shooting.

“You really want to have it in a safe location so someone without access isn't able to find it," said Foth.

He says that shooting can be a fun sport if taken seriously.

“If you operate it correctly it's safe and can be very enjoyable sport whether it's hunting, targeting or some other use."

But when it comes to your family, you can never be too careful.

So this week he's in Ada teaching teenagers gun safety.

"If they are going to handle a gun you should know how to handle it correctly. Muzzle in a safe direction, action opened, don’t touch the trigger unless you want to shoot what it's pointed at."

But there is more than meets the eye when it comes to shooting.

Foth say shooting teaches concentration.

"We find that teens who shoot have higher GPAs, better attention spans, because of the concentration."

But no matter what, safety should always come first.


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