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6 years 6 weeks ago, 9:33 AM

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I have had many discussion with people about what an good age to start showing your children gun safety. I have had some ignorant people that have said not to show your kids, but keep them locked away.
Me personally I started teaching my nephews when they were real small. Then when I had my daughter the lessons started about the time she could walk. Now she is three and she handles weapons more safely than most the idiots at the gun range.
When you hide something from kids they become curious about it and will find a way to get them.(You guys know what it was like with Dads playboy's) If they know about guns then the curiousity just is not there. A gun to an educated child is a tool that serves a purpose and they do not want to try to figure them out for themselves. Where I live you are raised with guns leaning next to about everydoor in the house, and you know what they are for so you do not playy with them.
My three year daughter knows how to clear my AR15, XD, and ou revolvers. When she is wants to handle one she askes and I make her go through all the safety measures. I had her at the gun store one day and I was looking at a rifle. I was checking the chamber when a guy next to me said why do that you know it is not loaded. My three year old daughter chimes in "Mister all guns are loaded untill you make sure they are not." There was probably 5 guys standing around that started laughing at the guy and complimented me on having such a smart kid. The guys face turned red and walked out of the store.
So how old where your kids when started traing them?

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6 years 6 weeks ago, 11:12 AM

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Guns and kids.

There are are several things to do if you want you children to learn to use a gun. The biggest one is to make sure they understand that they can't solve their problems with one. I know that all of us ( Hopefully ) understand that, but children may not have as firm a grasp of life, death, and the consequences of ending a life.

6 years 6 weeks ago, 11:15 AM

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yes

thats why you start them out with SuperSoakers

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6 years 6 weeks ago, 11:40 AM

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Poor parenting

There are those kids that grab a gun and go on a killing spree, but their parents should have taught them the diffence between right and wrong. I am a hunter so my daughter and my nephews see, and know what a gun does when fired at something. Children of today see this stuff everywhere TV, video games, movies, so they know what is going on. People do not give kids credit on how intelligent they really are. Kids these days are growing up faster than we did. We were better about respecting our elders and working, but kids now they know stuff when they are 8 that we did not learn about ill we were teenagers.

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6 years 6 weeks ago, 10:31 PM

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Kids and guns

I think the age at which you begin teaching your kids about guns is when they show an understanding of actions and consequences(sp). When you can tell your kid to eat their food or they don't get dessert, or come here if you want a drink, or something similar, they are ready. I have the same concern, as my son is 15 months old right now. Obviously I have a while yet, but I'm already trying to figure out how to talk to him about drugs. My dad used a wonderful method of teaching me gun safety. While hunting, he shot a rabbit at close range with his shotgun. He held the carcass up to me to show me the damage the gun could do. I'm pretty sure it was a spur-of-the-moment sort of thing, but it definitely affected me. Hmm, did my dad give me PTSD? Oh well, builds character.

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6 years 6 weeks ago, 10:36 PM

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No, about PTSD

only if your dad had shot you with the shotgun. You are right about the time to teach them about guns.

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6 years 6 weeks ago, 3:52 AM

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my kids

are 10 and 11 and both own guns that i would have given a testicle for when i was growing up. but they both paid HALF for their guns and will do so till they turn 16. neither one is allowed to sell their gun to anyone but me. (what i wouldn't do to have my first gun back to pass down)my daughter wants a Sig mosquito and my boy wants either a .40 or a 20 gauge (read this as a want ad too!! if you have any for sale let me know!!) they are safe beyond what HSEC can teach and even the NRA course. my daughter asked me for her own "call sign" the other day. i thought about it and told her if/when she could explain force majoure to me i would give her one. it took her 2 days but she now has her own call sign. Sorry i started to ramble but my point is i didn't pick an age to teach them i just explained gun safety as soon as they started to ask. they don't get a lot of "NO" or "i will tell you later". if you wait or try to hide it and they go looking on their own it could lead to bad things. there is no right or wrong age. . . its when each kid expresses an interest.

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6 years 6 weeks ago, 4:41 PM

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my daughter is 3 now and i've started teaching here a little gun safety. lesson one, dont touch any of daddy's guns without asking first or having daddy be there with you

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6 years 6 weeks ago, 10:10 PM

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I started my daughter

out on gun safety when she was old enough to walk. She never touches any of my guns, I bought her a plastic rifle when she was 3, she learned to handle it properly. She got her first bbgun at 5 and out shot my father 2 weeks later. She's 8 now and loves my .22s. Gun safety is one of the most important things you can teach a child.
Kids are curious. Teach them young, teach them well.

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6 years 6 weeks ago, 10:20 PM

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I started my son at 6

We started with archery. When he did well and learned lessons with the danger, we went to a BB gun. This winter I bought him a 22lr cricket. We went to eddie eagle. NRA emphasized safety, avoidning accidents and responsibility. He is doing good under my supervision. He understands never to handle a firearm when dad is not around.
I have enjoyed spending time with him, talking without distractions (TV, sister etc.) and was really suprised when he asked me about womens breasts.
I was so proud that he would notice tits. I will always remember that moment- so proud

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6 years 5 weeks ago, 8:00 PM

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i have 4 kids 6-13 i am not a fan of bb guns my kids know dads guns are lethal but they also know how to handle them. they also know not to take anybody at their word (not even mine) check the chamber.

6 years 3 weeks ago, 12:50 AM

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Though i have no children, (and probably never will) i myself started my shooting career with a red ryder bb gun when i was about 8, My father bought me a .410 when i was 10 and gradually moved me from Shotguns, to Rifles, and finally handguns when i got into my teens. I think this method is solid and can teach kids about gun safety efficiently, Just my 2 cents...

6 years 3 weeks ago, 11:18 AM

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I bought my son a Red Rider @ 5 and taught him all the saftey I could. Just this last weekend I took him to the range (he is 7 now) and he was allowed to load and shoot my 22 while I kept a watchfull eye. He did very well and did not make one mistake other than forgeting to clear the chamber before he set the gun down. I ofcourse did not include a clip in this exercise rather had him hand feed each load. There was also another kid there that was 6 and had his own 22. Just FYI they make 22 loads that are very low velocity (safer than the average load) I had my son using those, he does not know the diffrence and it's that "just in case" attitude.

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6 years 3 weeks ago, 11:27 AM

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we have several youth models. my favorite .22 for beginners is the CZ scout. the loading block (for single shot firing) can be removed and replaced with a magazine. this works well as dads favorite 22's are the CZ 452 american and the CZ 453 varmint. the mags work in all 3.

6 years 3 weeks ago, 12:46 PM

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thanks for the info as I have decided to buy him his own as my 22 has yoo long of stock for him to properly set up for shots.

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6 years 3 weeks ago, 12:58 PM

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another good read

http://www.gunblast.com/Chipmunk.htm

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6 years 3 weeks ago, 10:24 PM

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My daughter has been

My daughter has been learning gun safety since she could walk. I carry a gun at work, off duty and I have them in the house. I want her to know not to pick up a gun and what to do if she finds one. I test her all the time. She is 3 1/2 and can tell you what my handguns are. She also knows not to touch them.

6 years 3 weeks ago, 10:52 PM

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I take my boys out shooting, on the rare occasion I get time off. I started them off a few years ago. How young to teach them depends on their maturity and every person (kid) is different. I agree with the younger the better. The first rule is safety. I don't care how many times they pick one up, they clear it for themselves. If they don't remember how to clear it, they don't touch it until I clear it and show them how again, and again. I've been out plinking numerous times with friends just shooting dirt, my friends have the ultimate respect for the kids. No matter how they act or talk, they are safe. They ask me first if it is ok for my kid(s) to shoot there stuff. My first response always is "show them how to handle it, and clear it first" I always have them step away from everyone else so the kids are not distracted and tend take the instructions more seriously. My wife has shot several times but still does not feel comfortable, i respect that and don't push her to join us. It's just not her thing. When I want to go, and take the boys for the day, she's all for it. My daughter is the same way, she's not comfortable with it. I've tried to spend time with her so she can learn that she doesn't have anything to be scared of. She just would rather not. We have all grown up in Liberal So. Calif so guns aren't a normal part of a young girls life.

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