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We have guns in our house. Did I get your attention? Good! Some of our favorite hobbies include turkey hunting, shooting clay pigeons, and deer hunting, which means we are gun owners.

We have several bows and arrows in our home, actually four of them, we each own one. Our girls are getting to be great shots at the target in the yard!

This isn’t meant to be a controversial post about gun owners rights or about concealed carry laws or anything like that. It is meant to educate.

We practice S.A.F.E. In our home, do you?

Today, June 4, is National Safe Day! National Safe Day was started as the brainchild of Brooklynn Mae’s mother. Brooklynn was accidentally shot and killed by her best friend in 2013.

Her family wanted to do what they could to honor Brooklyn’s life so they filed for National Safe Day to be a recognized day on the calendar. They want to make sure all gun owners practice SAFE.

Safe stands for:

S- Secure all firearms in the home
A- Ask the question about unsecured firearms in the homes your child visits
F- Frequently talk to your children about the dangers of firearms
E- Educate and Empower others to be SAFE

Since our children have grown up seeing guns, hearing about guns and even watching us shoot clay pigeons. I feel confident that we have taught them to treat every single firearm as a loaded weapon, including their bows. The things I feel like ALL parents, grandparents, and gun owners need to work on beyond the above are:

T- Teach kids how to talk to their friends about gun safety.

Have the conversation with your kids about peer pressure and how to respond if a friend says they want to get a gun out of a gun safe or show them a gun. Teach them that it is ok to tell their friend “no” and give them the reasons why.

Y- You are one person, but YOU could be the one person that has the right conversation with someone that could save a life.

So don’t only practice the words SAFE add the TY to it and ensure that your children and other’s stay safe.


From the gravel road-


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