“I hoped that someone, surely someone somewhere would address these safety issues. It just wasn’t happening and that was the last straw. So if no one else won’t, I will.”
Melody Lauer is both a gun owner and a mother, a combination of roles that is increasingly on the rise. When Lauer announced that she would be leading a basic gun safety course last month, she hardly expected national headlines, but her class quickly garnered attention. Called simply “Babywearing and Carrying,” Lauer’s course trained parents how to carry firearms safely around young children. According to Lauer, starting the class was a no-brainer after reading reports of children accidentally discharging weapons, and in some cases, injuring and killing themselves or others.
“The idea for this class came out of the number of firearms accidents that have been so prevalent in the media lately,” Lauer told OutdoorHub. “We know that the amount of firearms and carry permits being sold is increasing and we also know that the number of females carrying guns is also on the rise. Those accidents really touched me and I just thought, ‘Well, this really doesn’t need to happen. We’re responsible adults, we can keep our firearms away from our children.’”
Lauer held her first class last month, drawing a dozen mothers and a handful of dads. She said she has already planned future classes, but had to close registration due to the number of children that were being signed up.
“We had more kids than we had parents,” She explained. “It’s mainly a safety class, geared towards parents, both dads and moms. It deals with things such as safe storage, safe handling, safe holsters systems, safe drawing, and re-holstering practices, it’s entirely about safety.”
Lauer said that she is not trying to convince all parents to carry a gun, but with gun ownership among young mothers on the rise, it is imperative for them to learn how to carry safely with their child. The mother of three certainly has the experience to teach the class. Aside from possessing an enthusiastic passion for firearms, Lauer has worked at a gun store since 2006, is a certified handgun instructor, and has also been employed at a parenting center. Her new course is a natural combination of her two fields of expertise.