Did you know that simply owning a firearm does not make you safe? When you purchase a firearm, there is no slip of paper that states "You are now safe" (and even if there was, it wouldn't matter).
I actually think that purchasing firearms can be DETRIMENTAL for some people because it can provide this false sense of security. Do not succumb to this illusion of Firearm = safety. It doesn't. And here is why:
Many people after purchasing a firearm commit the cardinal sin of firearms ownership. That cardinal sin is that they don't continue training with the firearm. It is purchased and then shelved, cased, locked-up; barely to be handled again. This is a recipe for disaster and for "accidents" to occur.
In life, in order to get good at any thing, we need time spent with and contact with that thing. Familiarity is critical. By familiarity I mean that you must be familiar handling the firearm. You must learn how to safely clean, store, and handle your firearm. You must shoot it to experience the sounds, kick-back, and mechanics of shooting. You can sum all this up in one word as 'training.' You must train.
Purchasing the weapon never to touch it again does NOT make you safe! It makes you exactly the opposite; a danger to yourself and those around you.
People have asked me "Should I purchase a firearm?" And my personal opinion and response is always the same "Only if you are willing to use it and train with it. If not, do not bother." This especially applies to concealed carry holders. If you are carrying but have done no safety training outside of your CCW/CCL class, you are asking for trouble. The consequences of mishandling a firearm are so profound that extreme attention should be given to proper storage, transport, and holding/handling of the firearm. It only takes one moment of carelessness to harm or kill yourself or someone around you: http://pediatrics.about.com/od/safety/a/gun-accidents.htm
You owe it to yourself and your loved ones to train in the proper safety and handling of the weapon if you are going to own one. Do not think that just because you've watched some old western films or The Expendables that you are a "gun" expert. You are not. You need to train. Go to the range. Learn proper safety. Research the laws in your state regarding the firearm. Owning a firearm is a big responsibility and treating it as such will help prevent unnecessary "accidents" and mishaps.
Keep moving forward!
The Warrior Speaker Blog is a collection of warrior lessons Alexander has learned in addition to practical information about protecting yourself and all that you deem most personal.