The day after Thanksgiving that we all know as “Black Friday” saw a huge spike in firearms sales across the nation. The FBI stated that there were almost 3 background checks per second. There was also a huge number of vendors running sales on firearms and accessories on Black Friday, so it’s no real surprise that people took advantage of the great prices.
Some of those firearms will almost certainly end up as gifts this holiday season, and why not? A new rifle under the tree is far more exciting than a new sweater or new pair of socks. Well, maybe not the socks as there are some very nice hiking socks on the market, but we digress.
We are a pro Second Amendment organization and, if you are reading this, we can only assume you are also a supporter of the Second Amendment. Therefore we would like to recommend a couple of gift ideas to you.
First, if you have children, begin teaching them about firearms safety. Teach them the 4 rules and explain to them how important it is to treat firearms with respect. Here is a quick refresher on those 4 rules:
- Treat every firearm as if it’s loaded.
- Never point a firearm at anything you are not willing to destroy.
- Always be sure of your target and what is beyond it.
- Keep your finger off the trigger until you are on target and ready to fire.
If you have kids who are at an age that they are capable of safely handling a firearm, consider buying them a Cricket 22 or maybe a Henry Youth Rifle. Here is a list of 22 rifles that would be suitable for teaching a young person firearm safety, marksmanship and respect: http://gothunts.com/your-kids-first-22-rifle/. Just remember that no matter what you choose, you as the parent are still responsible for providing adult supervision and enforcing the safety rules until they are engrained in young minds.
Second, if you or someone you know would like to improve their skills as a firearm owner, consider taking a class from Project Appleseed. They are even offering gift certificates for classes as well as a 20% discount: http://store.rwvaappleseed.com/page10.html. Project Appleseed is a great place to learn firearm safety, proper handling and technique, marksmanship, as well as American History. We can’t recommend their courses enough.
Lastly, offer the gift of time. Offer to take a new shooter to the range, whether they are family or friend. If you know someone that has shown an interest in either owning a firearm, or shown an interest in our individual rights as Americans, offer to spend some time with them at the range. Create a new proponent for our right to keep and bear arms. Help spread our culture of independence and self-reliance.