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When Democrats and gun control advocates talk about “gun safety,” they mean only one thing: banning guns and attempting to confiscate them from law-abiding citizens. Sure, they may talk about “gun safety” or “gun violence*,” but what they really want are guns out of the hands of the private citizens.
Gun safety isn’t all that hard, actually. The four rules were laid out almost 50 years ago by Marine Colonel Jeff Cooper, and they’re still true today. But to the gun grabbers such as the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV), those rules don’t exist. All guns are capable of magically leaping off the table or out of the holster and inflicting wanton destruction, all by themselves. Any attempt, therefore, to increase gun safety that doesn’t involve turning your guns in is evil, and in their eyes, deserves ridicule. But they have now taken their opposition to new lows by opposing a federal grant to help educate kids about gun safety.
Project ChildSafe is a very successful program run by the National Shooting Sports Foundation to encourage safe gun ownership through education and safe gun storage, not through bans and government control.
The people who build swimming pools are the biggest advocates for water safety, so it only makes sense that the gun industry and gun owners are the biggest advocates for safety around firearms. After all, all we’re trying to do is protect our loved ones from both those who would do us harm, and from themselves. Obama’s Justice Department has shown a brief moment of clarity by supporting Project Childsafe over CSGV’s objections, and they should be commended for their actions.
When they’ll get around to atoning for Operation Fast and Furious remains to be seen.
* I’m still trying to parse out that “gun violence” phrase. I’ve owned guns for years, and all of mine are decidedly nonviolent and rather passive. They don’t get violent, all they do is lie there, day after day after day, until I pick them up and go shoot with them.