Use a Gun Safely, Understand Your Responsibilities

The tragic shootout at Newtown, Connecticut has led in national concerns about using guns for personal security. There is absolutely no denying the fact that the owning a gun comes with a huge responsibility. A gun must only be used to assure personal safety and not to trigger violence.

Keeping in mind the gravity of the recent shootout incident, here are a few gun statistics and tips that people must follow.

  • More than 30,000 Americans lose their lives to firearms every year.

  • More than half the owners of firearms keep their guns loaded at some point of time.

  • America has more gun stores than grocery stores.

  • More than 1.4 million background checks for gun purchases were executed in America in the year 2012.

  • 43% of all teen suicides were attempted by a gun, 75% of which the gun was their parents.

  • More than 1.4 million guns have been stolen from people since the year 2005.

  • 20% of parents, who had reported that their children do not know how to handle a gun, were opposed by their children’s reports.

As per the latest statistics, 32-42% of American houses have minimum one firearm. Hence, it is imperative to make sure the guns are accessible only by the right people. A locked gun can help in preventing undesirable events from happening near toddlers and home invaders. A gun must be secured with a chamber lock or a trigger lock, when not in use. Storing a gun away safely can prevent a lot of mishaps.

All novices must review safety steps before handling a gun. Acting as if a gun is loaded all the time can help one in staying safe all the time. Keeping the muzzle directed at a safe direction always helps in avoiding mishaps. It is also important to make sure that one has unloaded the chamber and checked the feeding path after shooting is over.

It is also crucial for one to clean a firearm on a regular basis. Owning a gun means an owner must be acquainted with the functioning of the gun. This is to prevent the possibility of any malfunction before using it. Also, staying updated with the state laws of storing, ownership, self-defense, licensing and permits of a gun is extremely crucial for a gun-owner. 

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