So, I've gotten this a few ways. Since I put family in the title, I'd like to start there. When I got my gun, I was 20, living at home. Just buying it and being like 'Yes, it's a gun. Yes I own it.' was fine. (Springfield armor XDM .40) By fine, I mean we didn't talk about it, we didn't think about it. Out of sight, out of mind.
Fast forward about 2 weeks and I'm doing trigger pressure and sighting exercises, pointing it at the TV. Now there's a problem! Try as I might, I can't explain to my mother, why it's necessary to understand how moving the weapon changes the sight picture. How it's necessary and responsible to know the trigger pull.
Now, I have to say, this has been about 5 years ago that I ran into this trouble. (mostly went to the range or made sure she wasn't there to avoid confrontation) I since own my own place where it's not a problem. But. In the sake of my first post on a new form being relevant... Any luck convincing a reluctant mother (or partner) that you 'need to learn how to use' a potentially deadly weapon?