‘Safety’ Tips from Gun Prohibitionists Have Hidden Agenda

The NSSF promotes programs like First Shots which helps introduce new young shooters to the basic safety protocols of firearms. IMG NSSF.org

U.S.A. – -(Ammoland.com)- “Gun sales are way up, in Pennsylvania and across the country. And many are first-time owners,” The Philadelphia Inquirer notes in a “Philly Tips” column. “Here’s what you need to know about gun safety.”

Gun owners can be forgiven if that assertion causes their antennae to go up. The mainstream press, what I call the DSM (Duranty/Streicher Media), has not exactly been supportive of the right to keep and bear arms. Plus, we have seen too often how the term “commonsense gun safety laws” is contorted by gun-grabbers (with little actual knowledge of firearms and shooting) to mean more infringements that won’t do a thing to stop evil people from doing evil things and stupid/lazy people from doing stupid/lazy things.

So, the initial questions ought to be: Who are the experts? What are their qualifications? Do they have an observable agenda?

Scott Charles is the first “authority” we meet, presented as “a gun violence educator and trauma outreach coordinator for Temple University Hospital.”

He says he’s a gun owner, but if he has any specialized training/credentialing that give him notable credibility as a gun safety expert, whoever wrote up his Temple Safety Net profile failed to list them. Instead, we find he has been “an at-risk youth specialist for the State Department of Education [and] assisted in the development of a statewide rite of passage program for young African American males.” He went on to get some degrees that have nothing to do with firearms and has been featured on network television, PBS, and a “documentary” about urban criminals using guns. He’s received some community awards, one of them being from CeaseFire PA, a group that used to admit it was about “gun control.”

So what are Charles’ “gun safety” qualifications? If you didn’t give him time to look it up on the internet, would he know who Jeff Cooper was and be able to explain his rules? Would he be able to tell you what to do about safety issues shooters may encounter at the range like misfires or hangfires? Could he even tell you what those are? Maybe he could. Maybe we just need to see a relevant CV. Maybe.

“As a gun owner and someone who sees the consequences of gun injury, this is something we should take seriously,”  Charles pontificates. “We have a lot of novice, first-time gun owners taking that gun home where there are children, and the data we have says that firearm is most likely to be used to harm somebody in the home.”

So we see him adopting the gun-grabber talking point that guns in the home are more dangerous than not having them in the home. But he nonetheless says he has them in his home. Agenda much? Then you go to his Twitter page and his political predispositions make it all clear.

Our next “expert” source is Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown and a recitation of its propaganda about children and unsecured guns. Apparently, the Inquirer’s press release writer … sorry, reporter … couldn’t find an organization that actually trains gun owners (and trainers and police) in use and safety, so figured who better to approach than billionaire-funded citizen disarmament zealots?

To be fair, he also consulted ATF. That is fair, isn’t it?

The bottom line, the gun-grabbers demand government edicts to lock up your safety, taking the decision away from you. And to lock your ammunition up separately. That way, should you ever need to access your gun to defend against an intruder, no doubt he will be impressed with how thorough you are about mandatory “safety.” The problem, of course, is that it adds a couple of time-consuming steps that would make Joe Biden’s recommendations to either fire your shotgun blindly off the balcony or through your front door problematic.

Of course, there are situations where it makes perfect sense to lock guns up to prevent unauthorized access. No responsible gun owner argues otherwise. The point is each situation can be different and there is no one-size-fits-all approach, no matter what these “experts” tell us. And presuming that there is, and then mandating storage, has resulted in things like pitchfork murders, as opposed to responsible young people being able to protect themselves and others.

The fact remains, things like cable locks, when used by irresponsible idiots, can actually create a false sense of security which in turn results in risky practices like leaving guns lying around. It brings to mind the people who believe childproof medicine caps mean kids can’t take them off.

Two cautionary tales from years past come to mind.

The first was from Gambino crime family underboss Sammy “The Bull” Gravano, who said:

“Safety locks? You will pull the trigger with a lock on, and I’ll pull the trigger. We’ll see who wins.”

The second was from another self-styled “gun safety” authority:

“Dennis Henigan of the Center to Prevent Handgun Violence drops the ball in front of a roomful of reporters, while trying to prove the efficacy of Saf-T-Lok, a purportedly easy-to-use combination lock in the gun’s grip. Henigan fumbles and fails to unlock the gun in a well-lit room with no intruder at the door… Finally disengaging the safety, he apologizes, ‘Most people aren’t as klutzy as I am.'” -From “Lawyers, Guns and Money” by Matt Labash, The Weekly Standard, Feb. 1, 1999

You have to wonder how he’d do with it in the dark, startled from sleep, fumbling frantically while his heart pounds, his hands shake, and an unknown someone draws closer…

About David Codrea:

David Codrea is the winner of multiple journalist awards for investigating/defending the RKBA and a long-time gun owner rights advocate who defiantly challenges the folly of citizen disarmament. He blogs at “The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance,” is a regularly featured contributor to Firearms News, and posts on Twitter: @dcodrea and Facebook.

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Green Mtn. Boy

Smells of Constitution hating civilian disarmament proponents, next scam.


It DOES have that stench.


Mr. Codrea, Thank you for a very well written and informative article on the so called gun safety experts. Some of them don’t have a clue about firearms and some do. This person sounds like he doesn’t have a clue. Yet these types go around and talk to elected officials to get gun control laws passed that are under the guise of ” gun safety”. Yes their area of expertise should be questioned as should their motives. My reason for saying this is very simple, the courts have upheld that the police don’t have to protect private citizens rather society… Read more »

Get Out

Yeah, we see through their Safety BS as nothing more than gun control, to disarm us is to control us. Eff’em.


There is no such thing as “gun violence.” I have never seen a gun exhibit any tendency toward violence, or toward anything else, for that matter. They pretty -much just sit there, doing nothing.


I hear that. I have to check on mine from time to time just to see if they are still alive.
Think they may have stopped breathing and passed away….


Where do these self proclaimed gun safety experts get their gaul? Guns are inherently safe when left in the box. The human factor changes everything once he opens it. Trying to legislate “common sense” to people without it always results in a tragedy. However the statistics given the population are amazingly low considering this cross-section of society, but let’s face it anything gun is front page. Firearm training was instilled at a young age for me, I seriously doubt that most new gun owners have that advantage. Accidents happen all the time, it’s just that people who want you disarmed… Read more »


When one of these silly people try to demo a gun lock, just stand up, make a finger pistol and go, “BANG”. As long as they still move about, go “BANG” again. Ask them if they don’t remember how this is played. If you get shot with a finger pistol, you clutch your chest and fall on the ground, because we didnt have a lock on our gun.


and the data we have says that firearm is most likely to be used to harm somebody in the home Most likely, wow that sound pretty definite to me. Just like the gun study at U.C. Davis kommifornia that says all of these new gun owners could lead to more gun accidents and death. Could? Gee, I might get run over crossing the street. So, should I never cross the street or should we remove that nasty old car that didn’t see me and ran me over. No, common sense is required when doing anything that could harm you is… Read more »


It is great to see that the very well educated have their mouths fully engaged, the only major problem is that most of never owned, handled a gun, took a safety coarse, or even know which end of the gun the bullet comes out of!!!!!!!!!!!! This is like the medical profession in their journals have picked up on the Gun Hazzard of owning a gun, really look at the stats on where and who is getting shot in the cities where these reports are coming from???????????? Also which are legally owned??????? Always certain things are ALWAYS LEFT OUT OF SUCH… Read more »


I don’t really have a problem with the statement,”the data we have says that firearm is most likely to be used to harm somebody in the home.”, as long as they realize that the person in the home most likely to be harmed is the armed intruder that has broken in to kill the family. Given the choice of my family harmed by the intruder’s weapon, or the intruder stopped by mine, I choose the latter. Perhaps these “experts” should be accused of being pediphiles or serial killers, since they obviously are favoring the bad guys at the expense of… Read more »

Elisa Delaurenti

Yep. While they proclaim themselves proponents of “Gun Safety”, there is nothing about “Gun Safety” being pushed by the anti-gun zealots today. 


As a kid, there was only one house in the neighborhood that we knew had guns in it. This other kid’s Dad hunted pheasant every year. We played in the basement rec room where the guns were kept in the same unlocked closet that toys were kept. I am sure the shells were probably on the shelf above. None of us ever thought to go looking for them, never mind touch them. There were two reasons for this; 1) they didn’t belong to us and 2) we would have been beaten within an inch of our lives (first by the… Read more »

Xaun Loc

Sorry, David, but this ad hominem drivel sinks to (and perhaps below) the level of the garbage you consistently deride.

If you expected to impress me that the “safety tips” provided in this left-wing rag were bad, perhaps you should have listed some examples of the actual tips they published so you could show what was wrong with those tips.