When it comes to family and friends one thing we love about them is that they support us and also have differences that challenge us. When we enjoy other people and value them, we want to share things with them and that includes our love of firearms. How do we introduce our love of all things guns to our family and friends? Lucky for us that with the world in a state of unrest, more people are viewing firearms and self-defense in a positive light. As we watch the current events around us unfold we start to see family and friends who are looking at firearms in a new light. Let’s face it, having a handgun, and knowing how to use it can be a great equalizer on so many levels. Of course, we are not saying you should walk around flashing it off and yelling I have a gun, what we are saying is that being a responsible gun owner is a great idea and it can aid you to defend yourself if the need ever arises.
The easiest way to introduce your family and friends to firearms is to start asking them questions. It is easier to find out what they know or thinks they know first. Once they tell you what they understand you have a platform to build upon. If there are misconceptions along the way you will find them by listening to their answers and be able to correct them and educate them. People who are new to firearms may not realize that we aren’t carrying these guns around, following every gun law known to man, woman, and child because we have the urge to shoot and kill something. As you already know, that is a popular misconception. In reality, what we want is to be protected and to have the ability to protect ourselves and others. Think back to before you owned a handgun or firearm of any kind. Did you have all the knowledge you needed? Did you have a small truckload of questions that you wanted answers to? Of Course! Handle your family and friends like that. Answer like you would of you wee a police officer and a small child asks if you are going to shoot his mommy with that gun strapped to your side. Remember that people who don’t own a firearm have no clue what it is like to have that much responsibility. They want and need real-world answers because the media provides them with many misconceptions and mixed facts that get mixed in with their own unsound, unacknowledged judgment. Help them separate fact from fiction by asking questions and providing great answers that are not self-serving.