I spent some time around gun enthusiasts and gun experts while in the Air Force (plus I dated one for three years while in college... whut) and they all seemed very enthusiastic about gun safety. Gun safety seems like one of those things everyone could get behind. We have so many guns in America, it makes sense for people to know how to handle them safely. And things like toddlers shooting people should be really bad publicity for the gun-pro crowd.
But it doesn't seem to be at all! And if there's a push for more gun safety rather than just more guns then it's not a very good one because I don't see any signs of it. The whole thing is like bizarro-land.
I wonder if they're truly enthusiastic about gun safety or just enthusiastic to appear enthusiastic about gun safety. I'm sure there are good gun owners and bad gun owners, just as with everything else.
I'm reminded of our neighbour who was keen to calm my concerns about sharing the outdoors with hunters. Silly me. After all, he had volunteered with the Ontario Federation of Hunters and Anglers, and I had nothing to worry about because there's lots of hunter training and things are very tightly regulated. I bit my tongue because I'd seen his illegal hunting stand, and he'd bragged to my friend about using his crossbow (illegally) in the conservation land behind our house. But he sure was enthusiastic about appearing enthusiastic.
Most of the enthusiasts I know well are very conscious of safety. Guns are locked up in cases that are very hard to steal. Safeties are on. Guns are not loaded except when they are about to be used.
But I also know lots of people who have guns because they believe a gun will keep them from harm. These people rarely talk about safety, though most took some lessons at some point in their life. Those guns are often in a purse, or a glove box or a nightstand.
Jim Jeffries, Australian comedian, on gun controlhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0rR9IaXH1M0
Warning: lots of profanity