By Robert Young
USA – It’s time to revisit early education about firearms, given several recent news stories.
Human beings’ long childhoods enable the acquisition of vast amounts of knowledge and skills. What is learned depends on parents’ priorities and experiences.
A new wrinkle has appeared with the current generation, which seems to prefer to feel safe rather than acting to be safe. This is the difference between controlling others’ guns versus controlling one’s own gun as divergent routes to gun safety.
This ball began rolling in 1993 when Arthur Kellermann and others published an article in the New England Journal of Medicine titled “Gun Ownership as a Risk Factor for Homicide in the Home”. Their conclusion was that any “guns … actually pose a substantial threat to members of the household. People who keep guns in their homes appear to be at [about 2.7 times] greater risk of homicide in the home than people who do not.”
The article promoted the idea that the mere presence of guns, especially in homes and above all for children, is …Read the Rest