A point I make often in brief comments on Twitter, but apparently have not stated up front on this blog, is that pro-gun and pro-gun control organizations have two fundamentally different approaches to #gunsafety and #gunsense.
Pro-gun organizations promote safety WITH guns. The National Rifle Association, its current troubles notwithstanding, really is the country’s first and foremost gun safety organization in that it teaches people how to live and act safely with guns.
To take just one example, when hunting accidents spiked with the post-World War II flood of new hunters picking up the hobby, the NRA created its hunter safety education program. And hunting accidents declined.
I have also previously written about my experience becoming an NRA Certified Range Safety Officer.
Pro-gun control organizations, by contrast, promote safety FROM guns. Because they view guns only as a risk factor for injury or death, the safest approach to guns is to avoid them altogether.
Recognizing that some people will own guns nonetheless, the next line of safety is to make it as hard as possible for people to access them — whether in terms of ownership in the first place, or in terms of storing guns unloaded and/or disassembled with ammunition stored separately.
In the same way that organizations like the National Rifle Association, National Shooting Sports Foundation, and Walk the Talk America promote safe storage of firearms, I would be interested to see organizations like Everytown for Gun Safety and the Brady Campaign do on the ground gun education and safety classes.