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When Kids and Guns Mix
American Thinker ^ | January 11, 2013 | Selwyn Duke

Posted on 01/11/2013 7:17:32 AM PST by Paladins Prayer

We all know what can happen when kids and guns mix. And today I will tell you some stories about that very thing. The kids' names were Kendra and Alyssa, and then there was the 11-year-old boy whose name we just don't know. What we do know is that they lived in places called Bryan County, Albuquerque, and Palmview. We know that guns were in their homes -- and that something horrible befell them.

Last year, 12-year-old Oklahoman Kendra St. Clair was home alone, unsupervised. At some point she accessed her mother's handgun -- a .40-caliber Glock. Then Kendra pulled the trigger.

And that bullet tore into flesh.

You probably know the rest of the story.

Or maybe not.

The bullet tore into the flesh of a 32-year-old home invader....

(Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: banglist; defense; guncontrol; guns; kids; newtown; secondamendment
Read the rest too. You'll love it.
1 posted on 01/11/2013 7:17:38 AM PST by Paladins Prayer
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To: Paladins Prayer

I grew up with guns and as a child I never shot anyone. None of my 6 brothers or sisters shot anyone either. We were taught how to handle guns safely and to respect human life. More kids should be taught the proper handling of guns and how to use them.


2 posted on 01/11/2013 7:23:44 AM PST by rfreedom4u (I have a copy of the Constitution! And I'm not afraid to use it!)
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To: rfreedom4u

Unfortunately, a significant portion of what passes for our ‘society’ has gone feral.


3 posted on 01/11/2013 7:28:07 AM PST by tgusa (gun control: deep breath, sight alignment, squeeze the trigger .......)
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To: Paladins Prayer

My kids (girls too) started shooting when they reached first grade. They were “indoctrinated” with gun safety and design and how stupid other people/kids would be and not to fall to peer pressure to “get out the guns” and to avoid the same behavior when visiting friends. This indoctrination was continuous and consistent. Shooting and hunting was a family event. Same process occurred for all our archery equipment if they had an interest.

Aside from the ones I had that they got to use:
At age 10 got “their” first .22 rifle.
At age 12 got “their” first shotgun.
At age 14 got “their” first centerfire rifle.
They kept them in their rooms with ammo appropriately stored and were responsible for cleaning them as needed. As they turned 21 they each bought “their” first of numerous handguns.

Not once have I ever had to admonish them for poor judgement or caught them “playing” with them away from my supervision. Today they are all crack shots (2 are expert qualified 0311’s).


4 posted on 01/11/2013 7:30:33 AM PST by Resolute Conservative
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To: rfreedom4u
Its difficult to teach kids to respect life when the culture of abortion kills so many a day.

Too, their publik skoolz teachers show them how to "get around" their pesky parents, and kill that unwanted "inconvenient" child they may be carrying.

Very hard to teach kids respect for life when all that surrounds them says otherwise.

5 posted on 01/11/2013 7:36:49 AM PST by ConradofMontferrat (According to mudslimz, my handle is a HATE CRIME. And I HOPE they don't like it.)
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To: rfreedom4u

It wouldn’t surprise me if some liberal parent sued the Sandy Hook school district because a teacher said they should pray during the shooting.


6 posted on 01/11/2013 7:37:46 AM PST by Blood of Tyrants (The only thing that Hollywood gets right about guns is that criminals will always get them.)
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To: Paladins Prayer

BTTT!


7 posted on 01/11/2013 7:58:16 AM PST by neverdem ( Xin loi min oi)
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To: Paladins Prayer
If you have a gun in the house, then everyone who lives there should have basic gun safety training.
Problem solved.
As soon as a kid is old enough to show curiosity about guns, take him or her to to the range and teach.
It gets rid of the curiosity factor and builds the necessary respect.
With proper knowledge and training, accidents will be exceedingly rare.

8 posted on 01/11/2013 7:59:40 AM PST by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: BitWielder1
As soon as a kid is old enough to show curiosity about guns, take him or her to to the range and teach.

I took mine out in the back yard (boonies), along with a can of tomatoes - and a .22 with hollow points.

I showed them how small the cartridge was, then shot the can at close range. Goo flew all over the place. Told them that's what that "tiny" bullet could do - and that the can was tougher than their skin.

That, and safe gun handling, which took away the mystery, rewarded me with with no problems in that area.

9 posted on 01/11/2013 8:39:14 AM PST by Oatka (This is America. Assimilate or evaporate.)
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To: BitWielder1

I would go further to suggest that even those children who do not have a gun in the house should receive gun safety training, something that could and should be taught in every elementary school.

I grew up in rural farmhouses where a shotgun often stood handy in the corner. Ours were kept empty, but some of my father’s friends kept theirs loaded. Never gave a thought to picking one up and playing with it.

My son was also taught gun safety at an early age, and I never worried about him. It was his friends who grew up in gun-free houses, with no firsthand firearm experience, that I had to watch.


10 posted on 01/11/2013 9:41:39 AM PST by Rockhound (My dog ate my tagline)
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To: Rockhound
... something that could and should be taught in every elementary school.

Yes absolutely, together with other vital survival skills like swimming, how to make a shelter and fire and how to tell which way is north.
But you know as well as I do, that won't happen anytime soon.
But they do teach them how to use a condom... Sheesh!

11 posted on 01/11/2013 2:26:47 PM PST by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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