If you are going to take an interest in guns, you need to know how to use them correctly. It is no different than learning to use a chain saw or learning how to drive a car. There are rules of operation to obey, otherwise you can get yourself into trouble. I knew a young man who would cut firewood for the family using a chainsaw. He did not take the needed precautions and cut a nice gash in his knee with barely a touch of the chain. He should have read the instructions. The same goes for shooting instruction. You need to know how a gun operates and all of the safety protocols. You need to wear eye and hearing protection. They are no more dangerous in the hands of a trained operator than a chainsaw or even a hammer is.
Tools of all kinds can serve a work and a recreational purpose. I use a hammer at work to earn a living. I have an electronics hobby and use screwdrivers, soldering irons and other tools for recreation. Inherently I know that a soldering iron is hot. However, I was skimping on buying a good stand to hold my first soldering iron and it rolled and burned the table I was using to work on. I learned to follow simple safety protocols in all things I use that could get out of hand. This is why I took shooting instruction seriously. I learned shotguns, rifles, pistols and revolvers. I can shoot black powder guns too.
I take the time to thoroughly learn the full operation of any new gun I buy. I have the solid foundation in shooting instruction that really helps me to always be safe. Not only that, I can really hit the targets I am aiming at without any difficulty!