- Lots of people like to shoot guns in the air on New Years Eve. BAD IDEA. Those bullets come down somewhere, and are just as deadly going down as going up. DON'T SHOOT A GUN UP IN THE AIR, EVER. Plus, if you plan to be drinking on New Years Eve, it's probably not the best time to take those guns out anyways.
- People have been killed with guns loaded with blanks, rubber bullets, or even with unloaded guns (the blast itself can kill if it's close enough). Never aim a gun at anyone you don't intend to kill.
- Keep your guns where your kids can't get them. This ones not so much from my dad, as from my own experience raising three boys. We don't have guns in the house, but they have gotten into enough other dangerous things we've warned them about. Even if you've taught your kids well about the dangers of guns and are SURE your kids would never touch them, you don't know that their friends will be as wise. That's what caused a tragedy in the apartments where we used to live. A little boy was shot and killed by his friend with his father's gun. The boy may have known not to touch the gun, but it didn't matter, because his friend didn't.
Have a Happy and Safe New Year!