What is safer, training your children in firearm use and safety, or leaving them in complete ignorance? Some gun control supporters have long advocated for a complete denial of firearms to children, which also denies them of valuable—and basic—knowledge of firearm safety. This experiment by police officers in Iowa highlights just how important that training can be. Officers placed a realistic looking prop gun inside an empty room and let eight children play inside. What happened later was shocking.
Can you guess which two kids behaved responsibly in this scenario? If you said the children of gun owners who have been properly trained in firearm safety, then you’d be right. According to Fox 17, officers set up the experiment to showcase how important gun safety training, even to young children, can be. However, even they were surprised after the group of children started passing the pistol around, pointing it at each other, and even pulling the trigger.
Keep in mind that most of the children had never seen a gun up close before, and had no idea whether it was real.
Many gun control supporters say they will never let their children be in the presence of a firearm, but that does not mean they should not be taught how to safely handle one. Be safe, educate your children.