So, we are fully into this new realm of teaching a toddler about gun safety. Since we both carry daily and guns are a big part of our lives, it is super important to take the time to teach safe gun handling to our daughter from the very beginning. On Saturday while I taught a Concealed Carry Course, her Daddy gave her her very first toy revolver with a holster. She was so excited to ‘shoot pow pow like Mommy’. So, here we go with serious gun safety training, because whatever we allow her to do with this ‘toy gun’ will be exactly what she does if she ever happens upon a real one.
Though we are very careful to keep all guns out of our daughter’s reach, this education is still highly important because who knows what she could encounter out in the world later in life?
On Saturday, her Daddy taught her to draw from her holster and re-holster. I spent some time teaching her not to shoot me in the face, which was what she naturally wanted to do. We set up some library books around the room as targets and had her shoot them, then re-holster. With a little work, she was doing this well. She would get excited and want to turn toward us with her gun pointed at us, but with a little coaxing, she learned to point the muzzle downward toward the floor in what we call a SUL position, rather than pointing her muzzle at us.
We have not “arrived” yet…but we are seeing great results to be at the foundation of our 2 year old’s gun safety training. Watch this video we took Saturday evening. Notice how she uses self-control to point the muzzle downward when she catches herself turning toward us with her gun out of the holster.