Women in record numbers are either training to protect their families, hunt, and/or compete. Many more are taking the foundational steps to learn gun safety and get familiar with guns already in their home, even if they don’t ever intend to pull the trigger!
Looking back on the many, many years during which I was afraid of guns, I realize that it not only paralyzed me, but that it also led to me not REALLY, truly educating our children about how to safely live around firearms.
I think back to when our daughters were in those play-date and sleep-over years ~ how accessible were firearms in their friend’s homes? Could I have had better conversations about safety in their homes, rather than trusting (rather blindly, I might add) that they would not touch a gun? I am positive that we have more firearms in Wyoming than residents. Since we typically want what we can’t have, did “don’t touch guns” style of conversation make it more tempting to sneak a peek or handle the tempting ‘forbidden fruit’? Maybe (hopefully!) they never had the situation arise. My parental guilt issues aside, I’m so grateful that my children are training their own children (and that I can train other families now!) in family safety in the presence of firearms.
What will your child do if he comes across a gun in your home? Or at a friend’s house?
How will he talk to his friend about the gun they find? During or afterward?
Will she be curious? Or feel guilty or shamed for being curious?
Will she talk to you about it?
Do YOU know how to safely check that the gun in your partner’s bed stand is loaded or clear of ammunition? Why might you want to know?
How do you safely handle a firearm to move it from one place to another?
Have you communicated with your partner about his or her handling and storage of the gun/s and ammunition within your home? Or, like I used to, do you prefer to pretend it’s not there?
What is the intended purpose of the firearms within your home? Have all potential users been trained?
I clearly understand and respect that some people choose to NEVER use a gun; not for target practice, plinking cans, hunting, personal defense, competition or any other purpose. You own you; this may be your choice and I honor that.
I do also encourage you to seriously consider learning about firearms and shooting, becoming educated in safe handling rules and fundamental skills. If you don’t want to ever personally pull the trigger, don’t! But if you have guns in your house, or your children/grandchildren ever visit someone who may, I personally and passionately encourage you to consider taking the huge mental and physical step of learning safe handling and fundamental skills.
Am I now a Shooting Instructor? Yes.
So, is this a self-serving article? Yes: To write, to speak and to teach about living safely around firearms helps me to reconcile my guilt for not educating my children with knowledge-based practical skills in hopes that YOU will do so for you and yours, and to encourage you to take the leap and educate yourself in gun safety. Visualize the scenarios above and others. Find a well-qualified instructor near you to help you get familiar with guns and learn gun safety. You may just save a life.
We are offering a class, in coordination with the Teton County Sheriff’s Office, St. John’s Episcopal Church and the Jackson Police Department, on May 10, 2016 that is perfect for the person that is not a “gun person” but accepts the responsibility of keeping their family safe.. Learn more HERE.
LGBTQ Books for 2016 – Escape From Enlightenment
Often, we get really used to the glasses we wear, scratches, tint and all. Sometimes it is a great exercise for our brain to examine other perspectives or “lens.” Most of us have a strong opinion about Same Sex Relationships and Marriage. This book, Escape From Enlightenment, written by Author Tessa Rose, is a “must read” of the LGBTQ Books for 2016.
This author invites us to join her on an interesting thought experience! Regardless of one’s feelings about same sex marriage, this book puts an interesting spin on things.
A teenage girl awakens to her sexuality in a culture that believes heterosexuality is immoral and destructive.
Click here for more information and to buy: http://www.escapefe.com
After reading the short intro, what are your thoughts?
Buy the best of LGBTQ Books for 2016 – Escape From Enlightenment !
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Jackson Hole NRA Banquet!
March 7, 2014 doors open at 530PM – Virginian Saloon in Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Learn more HERE!
Calling all COWBOYS AND OUTLAWS for our Jackson Hole NRA Banquet! Twirl and wax those handlebar mustaches, curl and primp the pompadour!
Calling all LADIES AND COURTESANS! Button up the corsets and pull on your knickers!
Join us for some Nouveau Wild West fun at the Virginian Saloon; dance hall ladies and gents, wild games of chance, arm wrestling tournaments, and mustachio measuring. Event details may change at the creative whim of organizers, but the theme and fun factor will remain the same!
Red, Gold, and Blue bedazzled tables filled with awesome firearms and merchandise that are yours for the winning if your lucky ticket is drawn at the Jackson Hole NRA Banquet!
WHO BENEFITS FROM THIS EVENT? Organizations within WYOMING and throughout the nation that promote the shooting sports. Organizations like 4H, Boy Scouts, local gun clubs, biathlon teams, etc. receive grants for their programs every year that are funded by these banquets!
RESPECT, SAFETY, DISCIPLINE, AND FUN are some of the fantastic things that shooting sports teach! Meet us at The Virginian Saloon to help support the shooting sports in WYOMING at our Jackson Hole NRA Banquet!
Your Nouveau Wild West Jackson Hole NRA Banquet ticket includes; all the fun you can manage, a banquet dinner, and an AUTOMATIC ENTRY into the THREE GUN RAFFLE (valued at $2,500!)