The number one rule about guns was to always treat a gun as if it was loaded. Never aim a gun at someone even though it’s not loaded because you never know what can happen. This is how we end up with all these accidents we hear on the news today. Everyone has their own opinions about owning a gun or carrying a gun on them. Many people believe guns are terrible weapon that creates crime as oppose to deters them (I previously held this belief). After some experience with a gun, my opinions of them changed drastically. If we had the proper training about guns and the proper use, guns would really come in handy if we were involved in certain situations like burglary, robbery, rape or even protecting another.
In the state of Illinois offers a training courses to residents that wish to obtain a firearm must have a permit. Knowing the rules and regulations of the state you live in are vital, especially when it comes to something as dangerous and something with such heavy consequences. One of the guidelines of ownership is to be 21, but if you are under 21 you must have a written consent from parent or legal guardian. If there was a weapon on you with no permit or written consent from a parent or legal guardian you can be arrested and fined.
One of the stories that inspired me to write about gun safety is a story about a classmate of mine that I went to high school with that was killed by her boyfriend. Ryan Fantasia was the boyfriend of two years or so accidently shot Hayley. On a Friday afternoon noon Hayley had a break from the college she went to visit her boyfriend prior to the shooting. Ryan claimed he wanted to learn about guns on how to take guns apart and put them back together. Ryan’s story changed several times between the immediate report and the later interrogations. He also had illegal possession of the handgun and was 20 years of age at the time. Either way if he actually knew the proper safety measures safety of the fire arm he had the supposed accident would not have happened. Nineteen year old Hayley was standing in the way as Ryan’s gun fired and hit Hayley in the chest. My question is what was Ryan doing with a gun and who was the owner to that gun because he was only twenty years old? There are a lot of questions that want to be answered. Ryan was only charged with 2 counts of obstruction.
Here is a link for more information: http://chicagoheights.patch.com/articles/heights-police-fantasia-was-trying-to-be-a-gun-guy
Accidents can happen, but people need to always be careful when cleaning and shooting a gun even though they have had practice and classes on using a firearm. Proper gun safety is the best way to prevent shootings like in Hayley Pelocks story. There should be more instruction and practice in these classes that Illinois offers. When owning a gun make sure you know all the rules and a reminder of the number one rule is always treat a gun as if it was loaded.