It’s Mother’s Day and since we are a shooting club, of course we have a firearm related post. Today we celebrate mothers, some people believe this means spending time with your children, some think its about getting a few minutes of time to spend on yourself, because most of us always put our kids first (especially tiring for those of us with young ones). I think it can be a little bit of both and the people in your life are the ones that know what will make your day special.
The urban dictinary definition of a mom is “the woman who loves you unconditionally from birth, the one who puts her kids before herself and the one who you can always count on above everyone else”. As many of us know, it doesn’t mean that you have to be biologically connected to someone in order to be a “mom” to them. So many people want to push their definition of what a mother really means on everyone else, and what her role should be, that they begin to create stereotypical and fictional definitions of what a “good” mom wants for her children. As with any and all things these days, even the meaning of “motherhood” has taken on a political agenda. But truthfully, we all really define motherhood the exact same way, giving unconditionally to a person that you protect and care for and want the absolute best for. Just what that means to each individual and how you choose to accomplish that, is the subjective part.
In that vein, I support all the responsible gun moms who continue to teach their kids about safe gun handling. I so enjoy seeing all the pictures of our club moms teaching their kids to be safe around firearms and to enjoy the sport. But even more important than teaching your children to shoot is pledging to continue teaching safe firearms handling. Surely we would all love to have our child take after us and enjoy the same pastimes as we do as they proudly hit their targets with confidence at the range. Who wouldn’t want the next generation to know how to protect and defend themselves with strength and knowledge. And selfishly, I would be happy to know my firearms will one day be passed down to the capable hands of my offspring.
But all of that, all of it, is secondary to the maternal instinct of being absolutely sure, that my children have the knowledge to keep themselves safe in whatever environment they find themselves in – and that includes in the presence of firearms. So in honor of Mother’s Day, please make a pledge to continue to keep our kids safe by teaching age appropriate gun safety to the next generation. That means talking freely to your children, your family and other families about gun safety. It can be difficult to start those conversations and I applaud every parent who takes that step despite the damning and judgmental climate we live in.
To all the gun toting mamas who want what is best for their kids, and that includes teaching them safe handing of firearms, the world is not going to change any time soon, and neither should you.