A lot of people assume firearms enthusiasts don’t care about safety.
The first time my grandmother ever let me shoot a weapon, she taught me the three most important safety rules — keep the safety on until you’re ready to fire, keep your finger off the trigger until you’re ready to fire, and never point a weapon at anything you don’t want to kill.
She reinforced this constantly, and always showed me the holes ripped in the cans we practiced on, reminding me that if a bullet could do that to a soda can it could do much worse to my face.
I first fired an air gun when I was 4, and a .22 rifle when I was 5. No kid in our family would have dreamed of touching a weapon without an adult around to supervise.