I was raised in a "Gun Free" home (actually something of a commune). I was self-taught as far as gun safety and it could have been disastrous. I remember getting my first gun, a Marlin Model 60, from an friend at work. I brought it up into the hills with a friend of mine and I fired it, then operated the bolt and there was an unfired round in the chamber. I had no clue about semi-auto. I was firing into a hillside 50 yards away and (understandably) could not see the bullet having any effect. I was as ignorant as mud about guns. Not too long after that I took the Hunter safety course and got my hunting license, but more importantly I got an education on gun safety.