Guns and Water
There are two entities in the world that seem to share the same precautions: guns and water. This past week we had an amazing Gun Safety Camp through the town of Surf City (for kids). I too learned a lot because kids have great questions and thirst for knowledge. During the same week there was also a water emergency that involved a child in North Topsail Beach, and that’s when I realized the safety rules are the same.
1. A parent or guardian who does not know how to swim or the basics of gun safety should not be the only supervisor.
2. A curious child without the proper training is a danger to themselves and others.
3. Drugs and alcohol are not a safe mix at the pool or the range. Don’t do it.
4. Children can be taught to swim or about gun safety at a very young age.
5. Parents who are afraid of water or guns may avoid teaching their children about safety since they don’t know the rules. Fear is a terrible disability but can be overcome. Learning together can be a wonderful experience.
6. Finding lessons for your child might be easier than for an adult; but keep looking, most places that offer one will offer the other.
7. Don’t be afraid to admit you don’t know something.
8. Don’t presume that your friends or neighbors who are taking your kids to the water (or the range) are experts. Ask, and if there is doubt, say no.
9. Accidents can happen when people aren’t paying attention. Put down your phone and don’t get distracted. Life is too precious.
10. You are never too old to learn. Ask your local gun shop about classes. Look up fitness centers with swimming pools (or your local YMCA) for lessons.
11. Knowledge is power no matter what age you are.
Dorothy Royal is the owner of Surf City Guns and Ammo, mother of two wonderful children, ringmaster of a herd of miniature ponies and an avid member of the Surf City Writers Group and Topsail Book Club.