Skip to comments.When Kids and Guns Mix
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 ...
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.
Unfortunately, a significant portion of what passes for our ‘society’ has gone feral.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.