First things first.
Firearms are tools and, like many other tools, safety measures should be taken to use them properly and with confidence. Contrary to popular misunderstandings, shooting sports are one of the safest and most fulfilling recreations a person can pursue. Learn and follow the simple safety precautions, and you’ll be set for many years of enjoyment!
Perhaps one of the most important rules is “Treat every firearm as if it were loaded”. Kirsten’s parents even extended this rule to toy guns!
The National Shooting Sports Federation (NSSF) has compiled a list of safety basics that are quite thorough at: http://nssf.org/safety/basics/
The Top Four Are:
1. Always Keep the Muzzle Pointed in a Safe Direction
2. Firearms Should Be Unloaded When Not Actually in Use
3. Don’t Rely on Your Gun’s “Safety” [Normally a button or switch on a firearm that prevents the firing pin from hitting and sending the bullet]
4. Be Sure of Your Target and What’s Beyond It
To read more details and tips, visit http://nssf.org/safety/basics/
And remember, Kirsten Joy Weiss is a professional shooter, performing trick shots that come with their own risks. Anyone who attempts similar shots is doing so completely at their own risk.