Book Review: Gun Proof Your Children by Massad Ayoob

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Being a new parent, one of my concerns is that at some point in time my daughter will find herself unsupervised and in the presence of guns. You may be thinking to yourself, if you lock up your guns you’ll never have to worry about that scenario. In a perfect world, locking my guns up would be enough to keep my daughter safe. However, we do not live in a perfect world and children are very resourceful. All it takes is for my daughter to visit a friend and them ask if she wants to see their parents gun, to thwart my simple plan.

My plan has always been to make an attempt at getting my daughter involved in shooting, in some capacity. If she showed no interest and would rather spend her time engaging in some other hobby, I am fine with that as well. Regardless of her choice to learn to shoot, I intend to get her familiar with firearms. The ultimate goal is to remove the “forbidden fruit” mindset that drives children to get into things that they know is off limits to them.

After watching a couple of Youtube videos featuring Massad Ayoob (I could listen to him talk for hours, he is a tremendously interesting individual), I decieded to order a couple of his books. One of those books was Gun Proof Your Children! All that I read about this book described it as a common sense approach to children and firearms, while being a very fast read. Those reviews were spot on.

Gun Proof Your Children! spans a whopping seventeen pages. Coupled with this short book is Masaad Ayoob’s Handgun Primer (More on that in another post). The style of writing is conversational and encourages you to think back on your childhood. An emphasis is put on how determined and clever children can be when they want to get at something.

While this book isn’t step by step guide on how to gun proof your children, it is thought provoking and suggests familiarizing your children with firearms in the event that they stumble onto one, unsupervised.

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Hi There, My name is Walt White and as the name of this blog suggests, I am a Pennsylvania resident. In addition to having numerous hobbies that I discuss on my blog - I’m also the father of three little girls and a pitbull.

7 thoughts on “Book Review: Gun Proof Your Children by Massad Ayoob

  1. Good review Walt, ever since we have had our son my wife is asking me my plans on guns and our kid. As you know I have a gun safe, but she isn’t very excited about me introducing firearms to our son when he is older. Maybe a book like this is what she will need, and I for that matter. My opinion is the more my Kid knows about firearms the better (how to handle, or better yet not handle) Great review as always.


    What were you smoking in the video?

    1. Corey,
      I’m not sure what I was smoking in the video. I think it may have been a Sencillo Black by Prometheus (Have a review coming up so I’ve been smoking them off and on to get a feel for them).

      My wife isn’t thrilled about my plans to teach my daughter to shoot (we mainly disagree on the age in which I would introduce the gun). This was a great little book that anyone could read. It doesn’t have that “I’m a gun nut” vibe that would turn off anyone on the fence when it comes to guns.

      Thanks for watching and commenting

  2. Walt,

    I am a follower of your cigar reviews and was pleased to see we share another hobby in shooting. I too am more afraid of what would happen if my child was at a friends house unsupervised. So from a fairly young age I started teaching my children about guns. Always making sure they check to see if the gun was loaded and making sure they treated every guns as if it was. We have taken the “forbidden Fruit” out of the gun. My son loves to shoot and clean the guns. My oldest daughter could care less one way or the other. My youngest is still learning. I would encourage you to teach your children about firearms from an early age so they won’t be curious.


    1. Mike,
      I’m not sure what the best age is to teach my daughter about guns. I have a friend that had his kids out shooting when they were around 10. I would like to get my daughter into some sort of Eddie the Eagle NRA program even sooner than that.

      How old where your kids when you get them into shooting?

      Thanks for the comment

      1. They were about 3-4 years old. No shooting at that age just learning the guns and gun safety. I took my son shooting when he was around 7. He is always very responsible with the guns. Like anything else he needs reminded but I am sure that if he went to a friends house and they got out their parents gun he would either not handle it at all or make sure it was unloaded before he did. He is 9 now.

  3. Hmmm. Grandmother was a frontierswoman. Mom was a cop. Dad was a hunter. I remember my first target shoot at age 8, probably because Dad let me “win” (I hit more cans off the fence). I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t exposed to guns – never in a cabinet, but in drawers and hanging on wall racks – and never once did it occur to me to ‘show and tell’ with them. Was it because there was no mystique of the forbidden? Was it because the yearly deer-hunting trips showed me what happens when a shot is fired?

    Thanks for the review – I can see that I need to send a copy of the book to my kids right away so they can pass on this info/attitude to their children.

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