Vicksburg native, firearm safety instructor using training to combat gun violence

Vicksburg native, firearm safety instructor using training to combat gun violence

Eleven juveniles have either been charged in or been the victims of gun crimes in Vicksburg since January 2021, including the two reported homicides in the city this year, which were allegedly carried out by 14- and 15-year olds. One Vicksburg native is taking a pro-gun safety approach to combatting gun violence, especially among the city’s youth. Lack of gun safety training, he said, is a major contributor to gun violence. Jaron Smith, owner of Run Your Gun Tactical Training in Brandon, is a self-proclaimed gun enthusiast and certified firearm instructor through the National Rifle Association. In addition to his NRA certification, Smith also recently became a certified Chief Range Safety Officer. Run Your Gun Tactical is also a licensed gun manufacturer, and Smith builds and sells AR-15s from his shop. In Smith’s opinion, one of the biggest aspects when it comes to gun violence — especially among juveniles — is a lack of education about firearms and firearm safety practices. “You don’t touch firearms without preaching safety first and setting ground rules that you can take beyond any course or training to any situation that takes place,” he said. “First things first, always think of firearms as tools. Any time you use a tool correctly, there’s a consequence that comes with that. So, if I use a hammer to do anything other than hammer a nail, I risk harming myself or damaging property of some sort.” Having trained individuals from ages 5 to 71 in firearm safety, Smith […]

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