Thursday, December 23, 2010

An illustration of why my kids are going to be taught how to safely handle guns as soon as possible...

...and why I don't think I will ever be willing to lock all of the guns away.


  1. I love it!

    And a pink rifle to boot!

    And of course, a locked up pistol
    can really slow down your firing speed!

  2. I'm just glad she didn't have to actually use it--not everyone is mentally/emotionally cut out to recover well from killing someone, and you never know who will be able to afford counseling to help with that.

    A child, especially, shouldn't have to kill to protect themselves. That's what adults are supposed to be there for.

    But yeah--thugs running from a pink .22 rifle: priceless. The only possible better loss of thug-hood would be if she'd had the Hello Kitty or Barbie AR-15. Look 'em up on Google if you don't believe me that someone defiled a rifle that badly.

  3. I taught my son to handle guns when he was about 9 years old. I wanted to take the mystery of guns away from him. Most parents hide their guns from their kids, creating a mystery about them. By allowing my son to handle them and shoot them, it never was a big thing for him to know where dad kept the guns. I made him a promise that if he always handled guns the way I taught him and to never tell his friends we had guns in the house, I would allow him to choose one of my handguns when he grew up. He kept his end of the bargain and when he as 26 years old, asked me for my Colt Combat baby. I gladly gave it to him. To this day, if you hand him a handgun, he won't look at it until he physically checks the chamber to make sure it's unloaded. If he's unfamiliar with the gun, he will ask you to open it, even if he saw you clear it earlier.

  4. I have some friends who started learning to handle guns under supervision when they were about 6. They've always been extremely safe with them. I have some other friends who were not allowed to touch guns (their father was a military officer in Ecuador) and lost control of an M-16 on full-auto shooting at a stump in a suburban yard; miraculously, no one was hurt as far as they know. Teaching kids to handle guns is definitely the way to go.

  5. A LATE PS:

    I guess no one at the shooting in AZ, was carrying a weapon, concealed or otherwise!!!!!


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