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Kids learn how to handle firearms safely at shooting range
The Connecticut Post ^ | 5/9/2004 | Puppage

Posted on 05/17/2004 6:03:27 AM PDT by Puppage

Ten-year-old Michael Cantafio of Milford never handled a real firearm until Saturday.

Shannon Anderson, 9, of Fairfield had, but was interested in learning more about firearm safety.

The two got what they were looking for and more during the first free children's firearms safety course at the Bridgeport Shooting Range, 1918 Stratford Ave.

"Our role is to educate as many people as possible on the safety of firearms," said Jamie Keever, the range manager. "I always say it's not the gun that hurts people, it's the people behind the gun."

So on Saturday morning, Keever and Jeff DiStasio, a firearms instructor spent more than an hour with the two fourth-graders showing them how to safely load, point and fire a revolver, semiautomatic and a rifle. They began the course using plastic bullets.

"You always want to keep the muzzle pointed away from everything," DiStasio told Anderson. "So what should you do when you come upon a gun?"

"Tell a grown-up," Anderson replied.

"And if there's no grown-up around?"

"Contact the police," she said.

Before long Shannon moved from the classroom to the range where the plastic bullets were replaced with .22 caliber live rounds.

"Shannon's shot before," said Roger Anderson, who frequents the range. Anderson pointed out that his wife, Cathy, shot in competition "when she was Shannon's age."

"I think it's very important that children realize guns aren't toys and how dangerous they are," Anderson said. "But if you are taught how to handle them safely, you can enjoy them in a competition."

Safety was on Phyllis Cantafio's mind. She brought Michael to make sure he understood how dangerous a gun can be.

"I don't like guns. I don't want them in the house but I want him educated on how to handle them safely," she said.

Michael was itching to shoot the three weapons. Unfortunately, he had to get a rain check because he had a scheduled baseball game.

Shannon twice fired the semiautomatic but shied away from the revolver and rifle.

"We'll probably conduct the [children's] course every three months or so," Keever said. "If more people are interested, we'll do it more often."

Persons interested can contact the Bridgeport Shooting Range at 330-9772.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; US: Connecticut
KEYWORDS: bag; bamg; banglist; gunsafety; kidsandguns; westportct
Great idea, and it was actually reported objectively. If the left says that education is what's needed to stop drug abuse, aids, etc. then why do they hem & haw when it comes to implementing that very same reasoning to guns?
1 posted on 05/17/2004 6:03:28 AM PDT by Puppage
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To: Puppage

Better watch out! Common sense isn't politically correct.


2 posted on 05/17/2004 6:07:34 AM PDT by G.Mason (A President is best judged by the enemies he makes when he has really hit his stride…Max Lerner)
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To: Puppage
"I don't like guns. I don't want them in the house but I want him educated on how to handle them safely," she said.

At least she is so rabidly anti-gun that she puts her children at risk should they ever get around a gun.

3 posted on 05/17/2004 6:08:58 AM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Even if the government took all your earnings, you wouldn't be, in its eyes, a slave.)
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To: Blood of Tyrants
Michael was itching to shoot the three weapons.

Her son seems to have turned out normal anyway.

4 posted on 05/17/2004 6:12:11 AM PDT by VoiceOfBruck (I envy myself)
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To: G.Mason

Ain't that the truth.


6 posted on 05/17/2004 6:15:56 AM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Even if the government took all your earnings, you wouldn't be, in its eyes, a slave.)
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To: Puppage

I started my kids at 4 or 5. Pellet guns then 22 cal. then on up. They can safely disassemble, clean, and shoot most any firearm. My 24 year old daughter can hit a gnat at 50 feet with any of my handguns or rifles. My 23 year old son is a good shot too.


7 posted on 05/17/2004 6:18:04 AM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (I know it doesn't make sense, I said it.)
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To: Vic3O3; cavtrooper21

Ping!

Semper Fi


8 posted on 05/17/2004 6:18:48 AM PDT by dd5339 (Happiness is a full VM-II and a DEAD AND BURIED AWB!)
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To: Puppage
Very important stuff, especially in this age of paintball and AirSoft, where kids get the idea it's a good idea to point and shoot at each other. That's all great fun, but respect for firearms needs to be instilled, rather urgently.

A friend's 12 year old recently took his AirSoft, pointed it at his mom and clicked the trigger as a joke. She barked at him, of course, but he just smirked and said "It's not even loaded." bzzzzzt ...Wrong answer. First, all guns are loaded. Second, if this kid respects nothing else, get him to respect firearms. His next "joke" might not be so funny.
9 posted on 05/17/2004 6:24:01 AM PDT by RightOnTheLeftCoast (You're it)
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To: Puppage

Tsk tsk tsk. What's next? Teaching children to avoid the casual use of drugs?


10 posted on 05/17/2004 6:29:30 AM PDT by theDentist (John Kerry for President? BWAHAAAAhahahahahaaaaaaaaaa!!)
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To: Blood of Tyrants
she is so rabidly anti-gun..

My wife was the same. However, she was intelligent enough to decide to come shooting with me and actually learn about guns, shooting, etc. She found (like most I take shooting for the first time) that she actually liked it. So much so that now she has a CCW.

11 posted on 05/17/2004 6:36:37 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it.)
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To: Puppage
Teaching kids High Power Rifle at my gun club. Yes, those are AR's with .223 ammo at 100 yards.


12 posted on 05/17/2004 6:46:33 AM PDT by Shooter 2.5 (Vote a Straight Republican Ballot. Rid the country of dems.)
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To: *bang_list
Click the Gadsden flag for pro-gun resources!
13 posted on 05/17/2004 6:51:09 AM PDT by Joe Brower (The Constitution defines Conservatism.)
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To: Conspiracy Guy
The girl's 11 years old and she beat some adults at steel plates. She's shooting an IDPA stage in the picture. I was the range safety officer but I gave that job to her dad so I could take the pictures. She's shooting a Browning Hi-Power in 9MM with full loads. No wimpy stuff for her especially for the plates.
14 posted on 05/17/2004 6:52:42 AM PDT by Shooter 2.5 (Vote a Straight Republican Ballot. Rid the country of dems.)
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To: Shooter 2.5

The picture is a RED X. When my daugher was 12 she bagged her first whitetail with my Ruger Super Blackhawk in 44 Mag.


15 posted on 05/17/2004 6:55:59 AM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (I know it doesn't make sense, I said it.)
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To: Conspiracy Guy

Right click and hit view image. I changed hosts so I could post more pictures.


16 posted on 05/17/2004 6:59:26 AM PDT by Shooter 2.5 (Vote a Straight Republican Ballot. Rid the country of dems.)
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To: Shooter 2.5

Still nothing.


17 posted on 05/17/2004 7:07:59 AM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (I know it doesn't make sense, I said it.)
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To: Conspiracy Guy; Shooter 2.5

I see the pic.


18 posted on 05/17/2004 7:10:32 AM PDT by Vigilantcitizen (Don’t go around stating the world owes you a living; the world owes you nothing; it was here first.)
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Can you delete this post? The picture is too big. Thanks.


19 posted on 05/17/2004 7:13:39 AM PDT by Shooter 2.5 (Vote a Straight Republican Ballot. Rid the country of dems.)
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To: Vigilantcitizen

Must be a photobucket image. My firewall doesn't like photobucket images.


20 posted on 05/17/2004 7:14:49 AM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (I know it doesn't make sense, I said it.)
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To: Puppage
Great post. Personally I think gun ed, like driver ed, could be a school-sponsored program, but we know that will never happen.

My only apprehension at this article is that the location and activity is publicized to the "million" moms and others who would rather ban all private gun ownership outright. After all, if the town of Greenwich banned sledding, one can guess accurately what will happen to a kids-with-guns program when a few PTA liberals read the nooz paper about it.

21 posted on 05/17/2004 7:15:47 AM PDT by LurkedLongEnough (Bush '04 --- in a F'n landslide.)
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To: Vigilantcitizen

Yep when I right click the X, it's photobucket.


22 posted on 05/17/2004 7:17:00 AM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (I know it doesn't make sense, I said it.)
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To: Conspiracy Guy

Sorry to hear that. I like the service and the quality of the pictures. I started with OneBigVillage but they stopped letting me send pictures. I'm going to resize the first picture as soon as it's deleted. From now on, I'm going to shrink everything I send out.
The gun club has a great program for kids. It's odd to converse about guns with a fellow competitor who's half your size. The kid in the foreground at the High Power match is loading his own mags. I wouldn't trust most adults to load mine. It's also odd to see the kids act so intelligent while they're shooting but after a match, one of the adults had to tell them to stay out of playing in the rain puddles.


23 posted on 05/17/2004 7:26:54 AM PDT by Shooter 2.5 (Vote a Straight Republican Ballot. Rid the country of dems.)
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To: Shooter 2.5

I don't know why the firewall at work doesn't like photobucket, no problem at home.

When I was in the USAF stationed at McConnell AFB, Kansas in the early 70's, a bunch of us became instructors in the state safe hunting program. We held classes on base and used the range for hands-on safety portion and target practice.

Safety is so simple that it eludes most people who haven't been trained. It is good to see more young people learning to shoot and learning it safely. Now that my kids are grown and I have more time, I need to get involved in the Alabama Safe Hunting program.

My kids knew more about firearm safety at 6 than the average adult male does.


24 posted on 05/17/2004 7:50:24 AM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (I know it doesn't make sense, I said it.)
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To: Puppage
I was invited to help a couple of BSA troops have their firearms day. The kids really liked shooting but the surprising thing was they liked a little .25 auto the best. When I asked, they said because it fit their hand.


25 posted on 05/17/2004 7:57:53 AM PDT by Shooter 2.5 (Vote a Straight Republican Ballot. Rid the country of dems.)
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To: Conspiracy Guy

The kids get it but some of the adults don't. I think it's because children are always being shown something different and the world is so new to them. They can accept learning new things constantly.
The biggest danger I have seen is letting the adults and parents accept bad behavior because it was "an accident" or it was a "mistake". I told our kids if they shoot me, I'll just shoot them back. One kid who always got away with anything he wanted to because the parents went through a bad divorce finally understood I didn't believe in accidents.
It also helped they didn't know I was bluffing.


26 posted on 05/17/2004 8:05:07 AM PDT by Shooter 2.5 (Vote a Straight Republican Ballot. Rid the country of dems.)
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To: Shooter 2.5

Excellent form!


27 posted on 05/17/2004 8:17:11 AM PDT by TC Rider (The United States Constitution © 1791. All Rights Reserved.)
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To: Shooter 2.5

I take a lot of heat because I truly do not believe there is any such thing as an accident when humans are involved. Of course the flamers have yet to give me an instance that I could not pick apart.


28 posted on 05/17/2004 9:05:06 AM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (I know it doesn't make sense, I said it.)
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To: Shooter 2.5

Kinda sucks that my daughter has to wait until she is 12 in the PRNY.

Then again, our Jr's did win the Nat'l championship this year.


29 posted on 05/17/2004 9:07:59 AM PDT by NY.SS-Bar9
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To: Eaker
Kids & guns ping.
30 posted on 05/17/2004 9:12:44 AM PDT by humblegunner
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To: Puppage

Connecticut?
Astounding.


31 posted on 05/17/2004 10:00:11 AM PDT by Spirited
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To: Puppage
Puppage: An article like this appeared in the Sundays Omaha World Herold

I'm a little concerned about the way she is holding her shotgun....Is it just me or is this a bit unsafe?

32 posted on 05/17/2004 11:19:27 AM PDT by China Clipper
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To: China Clipper

Geez, looks like Chelsea.


33 posted on 05/18/2004 4:49:08 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it.)
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