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    Is this irresponsible parenting?

    Please watch the videos

    10-yr old w/ M14/M1A
    YouTube - ‪Nick and the M1A‬‎

    10-yr old w/ Mosin-Nagant
    YouTube - ‪The M28/30 is "Awesome!"‬‎
    (I -love- the "gimmie another one!")

    10-yr old w/ .357 magnum revolver
    YouTube - ‪Nick and the .357 magnum‬‎

    10-yr old w/ .44 magnum revolver
    YouTube - ‪Nick actually seems affected by this one. ‬‎

    12-yr old w/ USP-40 compact
    YouTube - ‪Greg with the same German pistol.‬‎

    Is this irresponsible parenting?
    Something worse?
    Something better?
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    Re: Is this irresponsible parenting?

    As long as you have a discussion with your kid about the dangers of firearms and feel he's mature enough to handle them, I say go for it. You want to maximize the probability of your kid's survival if he gets conscripted into the armed forces.

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    Re: Is this irresponsible parenting?

    Looks like he's being very responsible and safe. If children don't learn to handle weapons, how will they know as adults?

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    Re: Is this irresponsible parenting?

    I don't know enough about gun safety to really properly judge, but if the question is whether showing a kid how to properly handle weapons, I would not consider that irresponsible in any way. Seems like a positive thing.

    Note: my answer only applies if the underlying question is about teaching children gun safety, if there is some extra gotcha to this, or some thing being done improperly that I do not see as far as gun safety, my answer does not apply.
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    Re: Is this irresponsible parenting?

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    We would be better off without guns,IMO, much as England is today....
    But I am on the edge....

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    Re: Is this irresponsible parenting?

    Oops, I accidentally hit "yes" when I meant to hit "no".


    Yes, of course I'm okay with it. I started my son on basic gunhandling and safety at age 4. By age 10 he'd shot almost all my guns and was on his way to becoming a competent marksman.

    The majority of my friends are raising their children to have similar skills. Many of them take their first deer before age 12.

    It's all a matter of teaching them the right values and making sure they understand the seriousness of any endeavor involving guns. Just like teaching a kid to drive a Bobcat or operate a chainsaw (also things my son has already learned to do}, its a GOOD thing as long as you teach them responsibility and provide the needed supervision.

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    Re: Is this irresponsible parenting?

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    I don't know enough about gun safety to really properly judge, but if the question is whether showing a kid how to properly handle weapons, I would not consider that irresponsible in any way. Seems like a positive thing.
    This ^^^^

    I was show how to safely handle, respect and fire weapons at age 10. I was taken hunting my first time at 11, and went on my own with a 12 ga. during small game at 13. As long as children are show that weapons can be fired safely, should always be respected, and one should never point a weapon at someone, I think this is a great thing.
    I think if Thomas Jefferson were looking down, the author of the Bill of Rights, on whats being proposed here, hed agree with it. He would agree that the First Amendment cannot be absolute. - Chuck Schumer (D). Yet, Madison and Mason wrote the Bill of Rights, according to Sheila Jackson Lee, 400 years ago. Yup, it's a fact.


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    Re: Is this irresponsible parenting?

    Quote Originally Posted by Goobieman View Post
    Please watch the videos

    Is this irresponsible parenting?
    Something worse?
    Something better?
    Is this one of those set up questions? Im trying to see the downside in any of this. I was taught to shoot hand cannons at a much younger age. My kids were too...as soon as they were old enough to ask to go. My oldest daughter is an absolute marksman with her (ummm...that used to be MINE dammit) Ruger .45. She has been shooting since she was 5. None of my kids were 'fascinated' with firearms because there was no stigma. One doesnt like shooting at all, two quite enjoy it, and one doesnt care either way.

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    Re: Is this irresponsible parenting?

    Quote Originally Posted by Goshin View Post
    Oops, I accidentally hit "yes" when I meant to hit "no".


    Yes, of course I'm okay with it. I started my son on basic gunhandling and safety at age 4. By age 10 he'd shot almost all my guns and was on his way to becoming a competent marksman.

    The majority of my friends are raising their children to have similar skills. Many of them take their first deer before age 12.

    It's all a matter of teaching them the right values and making sure they understand the seriousness of any endeavor involving guns. Just like teaching a kid to drive a Bobcat or operate a chainsaw (also things my son has already learned to do}, its a GOOD thing as long as you teach them responsibility and provide the needed supervision.
    Easier to teach an 8 year old firearms safety with a Beretta .22 then it is to teach em axe handling skills!

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    Re: Is this irresponsible parenting?

    Nope. Not at all, it's not the kid who knows how to properly handle a gun that accidentally puts a bullet in their, or a friends head.
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