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To: Vinylly
I disagree with most of this. It's hard to know what to give without meeting him, but IMO, if he doesn't read by now, he won't start if you give him books now. Another thing I would be wary of getting him his first gun at 16. Waiting that long to start is sometimes dangerous, especially if he plays video games all day. They tend to "Rambo" out when they see a real gun. I started at 8 with my father and later joined a rifle club. I would have been beaten if I touched a gun without supervision before I was about 9-10. I had to get the seal of approval from Dad to earn that trust. We went target shooting and hunting till he was satisfied I wasn't crazy. I won many patches and medals shooting in the local NRA club. Starting at 17, you just can't be sure what he thinks about safety. I just think you have to be raised around guns with stiff rules to get that engrained in your genes. Just ask him what he's interested in and go from there. Chances are you will end up buying him another video game just like 90% of the other families. If you do decide on a gun, make SURE you set aside many hours to teach him the proper safety rules. YOU can't hit this a lick and a promise and then disappear. It will end badly. Another thing is to take him hunting with his rifle. He should see what real life is when you pull the trigger, including skinning and gutting. How many kids shoot birds, dogs, cats, and other animals and then don't eat them? They have to respect life, or they don't deserve a gun. Judge yourself and his family to see what their feelings are about a gun. Mom may not want a gun in the house. What does that do? Makes him sneak around to get his own gun out to "play " with it. Not good.

As for me, when I was 17 I had my girlfriend in the back seat of my '67 Camero I bought with my own money while working. I was already over guns and books and moving on to other things. Course, I got the gun back when I went into the Army the next year. Now, I had 33 guns until that unfortunate boating accident. I still reload though just in case I find them again when a Republican is president.

78 posted on 11/30/2012 11:35:15 PM PST by chuckles
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To: chuckles

And why doesn’t the grandparent speak with the parent involved anyhow. If it’s to be a gun there are umpty-ump laws that one could run afoul of depending on where it is. Some places are even uptight about paint ball guns. If the kid’s gung ho to shoot that’s not necessarily a BAD thing, but maybe an air gun would be more suitable depending on circumstance.


81 posted on 11/30/2012 11:45:14 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (How long before all this "fairness" kills everybody, even the poor it was supposed to help???)
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