Responsible, pro-active firearm safety should start at an early age although I personally think three is a little too young. Six-seven seems more appropriate, but if you think you can handle it at that young an age than more power to ya.
Edit - I also believe accidents involving children resulting from irresponsible parenting in regards to handling a gun should be met with harsher punishments.
if losing a child isn't enough to make you less likely to leave a gun laying around, increased punishment won't either. and losing a child is about the worst thing you can do to a parent
And this is also why I support laws mandating certain classes on gun safety and care of firearms. But support for such classes is seen as "anti-gun" around here despite the fact that I fully support buying all sorts of firearms for recreational, personal safety, etc. Including "scary automatic weapons."
Just as we mandate classes for driving before obtaining a license to operate a couple thousand pound deadly weapon, same rules should apply to guns. Not that it will prevent all accidents, but may prevent many.
2) operating cars on private property or owning them do not require classes
3) I already had to take a test to carry concealed on public property. CCW holders-even in states that don't require training-cause less harm than drivers
Giving kids guns always works out well
A Montana boy startled at being awakened in the middle of the night fired a shot through his bedroom window and killed the 15-year-old friend who had been knocking and throwing pebbles at his window, police said Monday.
Billings police officers found the teen with a gunshot wound to his head early Sunday, and he died at a hospital a short time later. Police identified the victim as Mackeon Schulte, the Billings Gazette reported.
Schulte and another boy were spending the night together and showed up at their friend's house about 2:30 a.m. Sunday, according to a statement by Billings Police Chief Rich St. John released Monday.
“And I have no doubt that every new example will succeed, as every past one has done, in shewing that religion & Govt will both exist in greater purity, the less they are mixed together.”
~ James Madison, letter to Edward Livingston, July 10, 1822
I think it's great you got her a rifle. Especially one she can learn fundamentals on. Although, I think a BB or Pellet would be even better. Also, I would recommend you get her a BB/Pellet pistol to practice and learn fundamentals of handguns on.
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