Every year during the Christmas season the favorite of favorites in movies are offered for public viewing and offered by more than one station. I give you three guesses and the first two won’t count. It’s not ‘Miracle on 34th Street’ and it’s not ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’; so now you have your third guess.
‘The Christmas Story’ stars that little man who wants a special gun for Christmas. He’s told that he won’t get the gun because he’ll put his eye out. Well, he does get the gun and he does try the gun, and yes, he nearly puts his eye out [or at least the BB came close to his eye].
Should we therefore, never take possession of a gun that shoots BBs or pellets? Certainly not….we should simply learn gun safety.
What it is?
Airsoft Gun Safety regulations are not levied from the federal level except for those Federal Regulations that place a mandate for the blaze 6mm orange muzzle tip and all non-licensed trademarks being removed for copyright reasons. Airsoft Gun Safety regulations may be viewed on a stronger level within the states, counties, and cities we live in. Public safety is of high importance to our elected leaders.
Gun safety is taught (or should be taught) to those applying for hunting permits in the use of real firearms. Not all people permitted to own a real gun have taken safety classes. Yes, there are stupid people in this world who should not be permitted to handle a gun.
Airsoft Gun safety should be taught, too. This should probably begin at home and extend to the airsoft gun user.
We should recognize that when irresponsible people are in possession of firearms; nobody is safe. The same concepts are true in terms of Airsoft Guns and the same principles, rules, and policies could (and maybe should) apply to the use of Airsoft Guns.
What is does?
When we practice Airsoft Gun Safety we can prevent stupidity, irresponsibility, and mistakes from becoming a nightmare.
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Airsoft Gun Safety, like real gun safety, is a balance between practicing common sense, knowing the laws of your state, county, and/or city, and being pro-active in learning about airsoft guns.
Airsoft Guns are recognized as non-lethal guns, whether the weapon is a pistol or a rifle; but if, placed in the hands of irresponsible users, the can still pose a threat. Irresponsible usage may not necessarily pose a threat of death, but perhaps in eye damage, teeth damage, face damage, etc. If publicly carried outside the airsoft field of battle airsoft guns could be mistaken for the real firearm [even if the blazing orange tip is visible]. This is when members of the public (including police) could perceive severe danger and death does occur. The person carrying the weapon could be shot by authorities.
How it does it?
To exhibit Airsoft Gun Safety to me seems easy; but then the mischievousness of youth has grown out of me and I don’t need to prove myself to others. Parents must understand that if they permit their young children (some states 18 yrs of age & under, other states 16 years of age & under) to own &/or operate an airsoft gun that they (the parent) will be held legally responsible and accountable for the actions of the young one. Those parents better make sure airsoft gun safety has been taught.
Those persons who are 18 year old and older (16 years in some states) are responsible for their choices and actions; thus ought to be able to exercise common sense, adult-like decision, and avoid stupidity.
Why it does it?
Nobody (in their right mind) joins into a fun time with airsoft guns for exercise running throughout the battle field, planning games of combat, and enjoying the excitement of SWAT rescue mission with the intention of getting hurt. This is why we take the necessary precaution of wearing protective apparel [i.e. safety vests, helmet, and face protection for mouth, eyes and maybe ears]. This is why we understand the velocity of our airsoft gun propulsion [i.e. normal airsoft guns can shoot a BB or pellet from 250 – 350 feet per second. If the gun has been modified; that gun could shoot faster and reach a velocity of 375 – 400 fps or more]. This is why we maintain our airsoft guns in good operational condition and repair when needed. This is why we give necessary distance to the opponent before firing.
The Christmas Story is not my most favorite movie of the season. The plot is old hat and the movie moves much to slow for my satisfaction. Still, the shot in the eye is a real fear of many. This might be true for you; then make airsoft gun safety a real goal for yourself, your teams, or (if you’re a parent) your kids.