Police were called to the scene of what one person described as "boys shooting a .22 rifle" and, while there, they taught those boys a lesson.

Anytime police are called and are told that someone is in possession of a weapon, I can't imagine what goes through their minds as they are on their way to the call. "Will I have to draw my weapon?" "Will I get to see my family again?" "Will I have to use lethal force?"

All valid questions and I can't imagine having to ask myself those questions on a weekly, if not daily, basis.

This call turned out to be different, though, and the police officers used it to teach some great lessons.

According to a Facebook post from the Diboll Police Department in Diboll, Texas, officers were called out to a scene where someone said that some kids were shooting a rifle. Specifically, a .22 caliber rifle.


Now, in the grand scheme of things, a .22 caliber rifle isn't that big, but it can easily kill a human. So, not knowing who the kids were or what they were up to, I am guessing that the officers were on high alert on their way to the call.

Upon arrival, the story says, the officers discovered that it was 3 boys, aged 10, and they weren't in possession of a .22 rifle at all. They had a Daisy BB gun, and they were shooting at cans on the ground.

Photo by Ernest Brillo on Unsplash
Photo by Ernest Brillo on Unsplash

The officers could have easily given the kids a hard time. They could have easily said, "no big deal, carry on". But, they didn't.

Those officers took the time to talk to the kids about gun safety. They took the time to teach the kids about the safe way to handle a weapon.


"Never point it at a person" and "keep it pointed in a safe direction at all times" and "always treat a gun as if it is loaded" and "always know what is behind your target", I'm sure, were some of the lessons learned that day.

At a time when we are hearing of mass shootings frequently, carjackings that lead to the death of a victim, machete-wielding criminals who rob convenience stores, it's refreshing to hear a story like this one.

And I'd also like to point out that I'm certain there are many more stories like these that don't make it to the news. Officers frequently stop to help stranded motorists or people who just need a hand with something.

Kudos to the officers of the Diboll, Texas, Police Department for taking the time to teach those kids about gun safety.

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