Can a firearm be safe?
That is one of the most interesting questions many people have asked. We all have to acknowledge that a firearm is designed to cause great bodily harm rather its intentional or accidental. I guess many people can explain why it can be safe or why it just can’t be in their own words or opinions. Firearms have been around for a very long time now and the purpose for people owning or having one has always been different. Some people purchase a firearm for self-defense purposes, others have them for recreational use, hunting, and collecting. I guess the problem that we all can agree on is that when a person who is out to commit a felony or crime has a firearm and is not afraid to use it. That is when a firearm can be UNSAFE. Let me be the first to say that in the era we live in now it is becoming more and more common to hear these issues. Criminals can get a hold of a firearm as easy as buying a soda at the convenience store. Courts and laws have not found a solution to minimizing these issues. They have tried to ban firearms, they have tried to cease the sale of firearms, and even have tried to have every firearm registered to keep track of them. Well, I honestly think in my opinion that is not the solution.
We asked if a firearm can be safe?
YES, it can! With proper training, care, and maintenance any firearm should be safe. The problem is the person behind the firearm, not the firearm itself. For example, if you place a LOADED firearm on a shelf in plain sight undisturbed, it can remain in that same position for years and decades without causing great bodily harm to anyone. Now if someone unqualified to handle a firearm gets a hold of it, now that is where the issues begin. That person can create a really bad situation especially if his or her intentions are negative. We need to stop putting the blame on an object that was designed to cause great bodily harm. The firearm did not fire on its own, the person behind it caused it to fire. If that person has in their mind to cause damage to another human being, even the strictest gun laws will not stop them because they will use any other weapon to cause and inflict serious injuries to another.
We all have heard many cases where a firearm has claimed the life of innocent persons, especially children. I strongly believe that a lot of this can be prevented if individuals who feel they need a firearm for whatever reason should be properly trained. Carelessness and negligence are probably the most common errors in any accidental and fatal events. We need to educate ourselves on properly handling a firearm to prevent such events. Mental health should be our most concern at this point. Screen individuals thoroughly before issuing a license. If there’s any indication that this person is unfit, then a permit should not be issued, and that person’s name should be inserted into a database throughout the country to decline any purchase of any firearms. So now the question should be, is it the gun that is unsafe or the person? You decide.