Do your kids have guns? Do you teach gun safety?

Heather - posted on 06/21/2011 ( 104 moms have responded )

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I was just wondering what life was like in the different places that the moms are from. My son (8) has a BB gun and a .22 rifle; and we target shoot together. ( which is common in our area. )

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Kate CP - posted on 06/23/2011

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Wait...your 8 year old son has a firearm? As in, a weapon that could KILL some one? o.O

You know most 8 year olds don't even have a true concept of death and finality...I can't imagine giving a child an actual rifle. A BB gun is one thing (or even a pellet gun) because it can't do much damage. A .22 rifle could kill a person. I don't think that's a good idea.

No, my kids DO NOT have guns and they are told if they ever see a gun that they should NOT touch it and find a grown up.

Diane - posted on 06/24/2011

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Young children shouldn't be around guns, but if a gun owner is responsible, there would be no chance that a child could even get to the fire arm. Most responsible gun owners use safes AND trigger guards. Once a child is old enough, some gun education actually makes them more safe than having no exposure of any kind (whether you let them have them or not). A big chunk of gun related accidents are from individuals who don't know what they are doing. My children have been taught gun safety and are very aware of the dangers and responsibilities associated with firearms. The reality is that a child is way way way more likely to get harmed by an automobile, animal or chemical than a fire arm, even in the rough and tumble US. You don't hear a lot of moms asking each other if their cars are locked safely in the garage or if they have a dog in the house.

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Let me start by saying that I really like what I've read about the gun restrictions in Australia. It would be so nice to not have guns as a factor in our lives, IMO. I don't like guns and my 3 year old son doesn't even own a squirt gun that actually looks like a gun. He has "squirties" that squirt water, but they're shaped like animals, not guns. I'm not so naive though, as to think that in this culture, I could get away with him never being exposed to one. His grandfather hunts, mostly with bow & arrow, but also with guns (rifles). It's already been established that, at some point, when Jacob is legally old enough, he will be going hunting with his grandfather. My husband and I have discussed taking gun safety courses, because I know that the most dangerous person with a gun is someone who doesn't know how to use one. And before my son ever so much as HOLDS a gun or rifle, he'll have taken a child's gun safety course before hand. I just wish guns weren't so common in our society. Hand guns, at least. I mean, rifles for hunting, as long as the hunting is for eating and not just solely for trophies, I'm ok with. Hell, my brother is and has always been, an avid hunter. But he also hasn't bought any type of meat in 20 years or more because he eats what he kills and he also grows a lot of his veggies. But other than that, I really see no reason for guns in every day life, other than police. And to be honest, I don't think police would need them either, if the idiots in our society didn't have them. But then, that's a pipe dream, isn't it?

Jodi - posted on 06/21/2011

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It is illegal where I live :P In Australia we have very strict gun regulations, and I am thankful for that. I see no need to have one. I see no need for a child to own one.

Kristi - posted on 07/26/2012

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Let me start by saying gun safety is an absolute must. Back in my 20's, I lived with a police officer and his son. He and I both owned hand guns. We were both extremely careful with them. When his son was around 5, we both took our guns out and showed them to Jake. We took them apart, so he could explore the pieces and we put them back together while he watched. We taught him about the dangers of picking up daddy's gun and once he saw what they were all about, he had no more interest in it. When he was a little older, we showed him again, only this time we had him dismantle it and put it back together. We went through gun safety again and then took him out to an old farm and shot with them at old bottles, etc. Then we let him try. His dad was hunched over him and kind of guiding him along. The backlash just about put him on his butt! He was not too fond of that. Again, he had no more interest in it than if it were a barbie doll. Respect the power you have as a gun owner, be responsible and safe and don't make it taboo for your kids.

But here is a question....(and it is only a question!)

If you own a gun under the premise of protection, what good is your weapon going to do you if it is separated from the ammo and locked away in a safe if someone breaks into your house, intent on harming you in some way?

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♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 07/25/2012

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Yes, and yes. No, my youngest does not own "his" gun, and will not until he is 18, which is legal age.

But, yes, both have their "own" guns, and my eldest was gifted with "his" gun on his 18th bday.

Teaching gun safety...well, only morons DON'T

Bobmusicgirl4 - posted on 07/25/2012

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Yes, my husband owns a gun and we keep it locked away and the ammo in a separate location. When my son is old enough to understand, my husband and I will explain gun safety to him in incredible detail. We will allow him to fire the gun so he knows what it feels like. I am a firm believer in gun rights. My husband grew up with several guns in the house and he never even had the desire to touch any of them. I suppose his father taught him well about gun safety. His father bought him his first gun and took him out on the shooting range and taught him how to use it. He is now in the military and knows a great deal on gun safety so I feel confident that he can teach our son the right safety rules for the gun. The most important thing to remember is the fact that guns don't kill people on their own, people kill people. You can think the inanimate object is "evil" and "scary" but tell me what's scarier, a gun -or a crazed killer holding a gun? Creating tighter gun laws won't do anything to stop crime because last time I checked, criminals don't obey the law.

Kate CP - posted on 10/07/2011

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We do not have guns and will not own guns with children in the house. My daughter has seen guns (my grandfather is a hunter and collects a few hand guns) and knows they are weapons and tools and no child should EVER have a gun in his or her hand. She knows that if she EVER sees a kid with a gun than she needs to RUN away as fast as she can and find a grown up. She knows to never touch a gun even if she thinks it's fake.

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The story, again, was a TRAGEDY. I don't think anyone who heard it could feel anything but horrible. I can't imagine how people around those involved feel. They live 100 miles from us, and I don't know any of them. But wow I care that my kid never does this if this situation arises. And obviously it does!


I agree the loaded gun, or unlocked ammo is so irresponsible and negligent.

Isobel - posted on 10/06/2011

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don't really care if the kid learns how to use one or not if they're NOT AVAILABLE!

Isobel - posted on 10/06/2011

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Perhaps his father shouldn't have had a loaded gun within reach of a child ???????

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I think gun safety is so important. They are out there.

There was just a tragic story on our local news about a kid who accidentally shot his buddy while messing with Dad's gun. He obviously was not made seriously aware of the mortal danger associated with gun mishandling. The gun was not in a safe. Neither will happen in our home.

Our son is 6, so he's a few years from class. It's just lazer guns, Nerfs and squirt guns for now. Our guns are totally disassembled and locked up.

Jenni - posted on 06/27/2011

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Sarah I don't even live close to that far up north. I live on the border of the USA. I've never even seen a seal or polar bear other than at a zoo. I think it's pretty much just Inuit who go seal hunting because it is one of their few means of livelihood in the Artic, they don't just do it for the heck of it. For some Inuit it is the only means of survival.

I'd probably have to travel almost a week by car and a few days by snowmobile to even get close to where polar bears and seals habitate. lol

ME - posted on 06/26/2011

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So THIS is the gun thread...I see...Late as usual...

I would NEVER allow guns in my home. There are no real guns, no toy guns, no nothing that looks like a gun. I hate them, I hate the violence in the area I live in and I hate the hundreds of children murdered every year here due to gun violence. I know there are responsible gun owners out there, but accidents happen; and I'm not interested in being the mother of a statistic...

Becky - posted on 06/26/2011

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I don't know. I thought they were killed with spear guns. But I really haven't read much about the seal hunt. The idea of killing cute little seals is hard for me to stomach!

Becky - posted on 06/26/2011

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I don't know. I thought they were killed with spear guns. But I really haven't read much about the seal hunt. The idea of killing cute little seals is hard for me to stomach!

Debby - posted on 06/25/2011

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Ok, I am old school--REALLY OLD!
Growing up, we were the first generation "off the farm" on both sides. Guns were a fact of life. A loaded gun was behind every front and back door. And in all that time, the only gun accident was in a household with only two adults (and a newborn: A Great aunt got the shakes trying to kill the snake going toward the crib, uncle came in at that moment & she turned & shot him instead)...
We have guns in the house, in cases--but not locked (we moved back to a farm).
Best gun safety to teach children: when they are 4 or 5 take them outside & shoot the loudest gun into metal. Then at age 8, take the shot gun and have them get knocked on their behinds (with supervision of course). Then and only then, do you take in target practice. A gun is a tool just as a kitchen knife or a car! Teach responsibility!

Dana - posted on 06/25/2011

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Did they change the laws so you don't bash them in the head with a club and a spikey hook on the end? Last I knew that's how they were killed in Canada. Doesn't sound very humane to me.

Erin - posted on 06/25/2011

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Actually I believe seal hunting is a seasonal thing, and its to cut down on population, and its also government regulated. You have to register to be able to do it, and you are only allowed a certain amount of kills, you also have to do it in specific ways (ie the most humane possible)
Anybody can register for it, but not everybody will be allowed to do it. Its mostly way up north in the yukons and territories. I personally dont take part, and the generalisation is wrong, but very funny haha.:)

Becky - posted on 06/25/2011

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Well, Alberta is landlocked, so no seal hunting here! lol I think the seal hunting is mostly in the maritime provinces.

Sarah - posted on 06/25/2011

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Just read an article about seal shooting in Canada which i'd never even heard of!
Do those of you from Canada personally go seal hunting?

Jenni - posted on 06/25/2011

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My husband bought our son one of those toy guns that shoot suction cups. :/ I told him our son broke it and I had to throw it in the garbage.

*rubs hands together fiendishly*

Of course this was after explaining to him why I didn't want our children play with guns and him blowing it off.

Sarah - posted on 06/25/2011

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Adding to what i said before.. After reading Caitlin's post i would be happy to let my kids go to her place.
I feel that that's the sort of pro-gun attitude that is good lol :)
Owning guns and educating children about guns is one thing, and though it's not a choice i would make here in Australia, i can respect the cultural difference and respect those choices.
Letting little kids go and kill things with their pretty little pink rifles is still insane to me though!!
Oh well i tried to see it from the other side i guess! :)

Caitlin - posted on 06/25/2011

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We have one gun in our house, unloaded, trigger locked, in a safe that requires a digital code as well as a key. We don't have ammo in the house. Being in Canada, I prefer our "laissez faire" attitude when it comes to the gun culture. Most people I know are fine with hunting rifles as long as they are properly stored. That being said, ours is NOT a hunting rilfe and the kids will be taught about guns at a young age, sincemy husband was in the military, he is a very strict believer in gun control. I don't feel a child has to shoot a gun to know how dangerous it is, and I wouldn't imagine teaching my kids to shoot animals or target shoot, because the only real need for knowing that is for self defence, which i don't believe should be given as an option to kids, because they don't have the same judgement as adults do (and even adult judgement isn't great). When the kids are 12 or older, maybe they can learn to use an air rifle in a controlled setting, but since there is no need for them to use a gun before that, they will know what guns look like, how they work, and why they should NEVER play with them and to tell an adult if they see one.

I remember last year there was a case of 2 6 year old boys playing in a park where they found a gun in a bush while playing hide and seek. Thank god the parents had taught the boys guns are not toys, because one boy stayed there and the other ran back to his mom to tell her. The gun was loaded and the safety was off, and if one of those boys had picked it up thinking it was a toy and pointed it at the other - god knows.. It's unfathomable. I remember it was a big thing on the news, because that almost never happens around here. Turns out it was ditched after a robbery or something, and everyone involved was very impressed at the boys.

I wouldn't prevent my kid from playing at a house with guns, but I would make sure that they are properly stored, and either my husband or Iwould go check. There are gun storage laws, and they would certainly need to be respected, and if it wasn't up to the law, then yes, not only would I be keeping my kid away from your house, i'd be filling out a police report about improperly stored firearms. They take your gun license away for that!

Sara - posted on 06/24/2011

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After reading some of the posts (I didn't before I posted) I want to add something. My children do not "play" with guns. It's a very serious business when we pull the guns out. Our ammo is locked up separate from our unloaded guns. And the safe is in my bedroom which my door is always locked if I'm not in sight of it. "Shooting" guns is different from "playing" with guns.

Also if a parent asked me if I had guns before a play date I would absolutely answer truthfully. If they felt uncomfortable after that I would offer to show them my safe and offer to keep my bedroom door locked while their child was in my house whether it was in sight or not. Since my door is an old door that requires a skeleton key I'm not seeing any kids picking that lock. LOL

I think this is a hot topic. People against guns will never convince a gun owner not to own a gun. And gun owners will most likely never convince such a person to own a gun. Eh, to each his own.

Sara - posted on 06/24/2011

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We own a total of 13 guns/rifles. All 3 of my children have bb guns. The twins are 7 and my little one is 4. They know they are not allowed to even look at their bb guns without an adult there. And when they are not in use they are locked up with all of the other guns in our safe. They have been there when my husband and I target shoot so they know how dangerous guns can be. I think instead of scaring children if you show them how dangerous they are and teach them gun safety then you are doing more of a service to them than not. What if you're not around and they see one and they don't truly believe you or curiosity just gets the better of them. I know I don't have to worry about that with my girls because they KNOW how dangerous they are. We live in McCleary WA

Erin - posted on 06/24/2011

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When I was in air cadets we target practiced, it was fun!
I think if you wait until your kid is a very appropriate age, and can prove his knowledge of gun safety BEFORE getting him one, then there shouldnt be a problem!
I live in Richmond, BC Canada. I grew up in Manitoba in a small farm town. I think where I live now it wouldnt really be appropriate, as there arent many places you can go skeet shooting or anything, and firing anything within city limits is illegal. Also if you DO find places open to it, its freaking costly. Where I grew up it was considered perfectly fine to shoot at clay pigeons. As long as you knew wtf you were doing. And people talked. If your kid was messing around and being dumb, you heard about 15 minutes later.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 06/24/2011

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That is a great thing Dyan, I like that he did not feel comfortable with the kids roaming around with the guns out.

Rosie - posted on 06/24/2011

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i would also (and have) let my child go to a house that has guns in them. my oldest sons friends dad (tongue twister, lol) owns a gun shop, and sells guns for a living. he has multiple gun safes around the house. one time grant asked if he could go over there, when he got there, richard (his friend) dad had ALL of his guns out cleaning them, getting them ready for a gun show. they called me, and told me they would prefer if the boys came to my house to play. they are responsible about it. i love that they called me to let me know, instead of just assuming i'd be ok with a bunch of guns laying around.

Becky - posted on 06/24/2011

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I'd answer truthfully, but, I would be fairly pissed if a parent refused to allow their children to play at my house because we have locked up, unloaded hunting rifles. Especially considering my children are 1 and 3, don't even know we have guns, and couldn't open the gun safe if they tried. I would find it intolerant and would take it as a commentary on my parenting that they didn't think I supervised my children and their friends adequately. And honestly, your child is probably far more likely to get shot, whether by accident or on purpose, at school or on the street, than in my home!

Clare - posted on 06/24/2011

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my husband owns around 10 guns, she shoots reguirley for his job, we have 2 young children n we dont hide the guns from them there are obvisouly locked in gun cabinets but when he takes them to work in the morning they see them, they no there dangerous and that they are for grown ups, i think if you hide guns from children they will eventually start to wonder what they are n when old enough see for them self, as long as your kids no gun safety n u lay out rules, then they will no right from wrong. as soon as my 2 are old enough they will be useing guns for shooting animals as that is our background obviously people have different opinions but as long as you are sensible n safe about guns your kids will 2

Tash - posted on 06/24/2011

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It's illegal here in NZ too. We have strict gun laws and i've only seen a gun a handful of guns in my life time. Its not usual practice to have guns in house holds.
Even our police force are unarmed.
My son and his friends all have pretend guns that they play with. I make sure that even in his play, that he respects that guns are dangerous.
Don't point them at people.

Sarah - posted on 06/23/2011

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Dana, no not really :) There was another apocalypse post after Marina's and i was only joking :) I knew it was a joke haha! If that was anyone's real reasons for having guns in the house i would think they are crazy hahaha!

I would definitely not let my child go to someone's house if they have a gun! My only exception would be if we were on a farm and it was locked up in a big tool shed or something away from the house and the child had no access to it or knew where it was.

Amanda, i'm glad you eat what she kills but i had a pet quail so i'm a bit extra sensitive there lol

I still can't understand and little girl having a colourful gun! Guns are tools for hunters. They are NOT toys! They are not something to be decorated and glamorized.
They are machines made to kill.. why are they pink????
Is the gun room locked? You said they weren't allowed in there but you didn't say they would be unable to get in there...

Amanda - posted on 06/23/2011

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And I would answer truthfully to and to the parents that don't ask I do tell them there are guns in the house cuz I don't want a fight started in front of the kids cu the other parent flips out cuz my dauther talks about a time we were shooting....

Amanda - posted on 06/23/2011

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Oh hun its not just you I got family reading these that don't have the guts to post their option lol they are testing me here things and im just responding no offence taken and I understand that not everyone is ok with guns what's funny is my girl had a pink gun but we changed the color cuz she don't like pink again gotta love debates I can't cry when ppl are doing just that if I couldn't take responses I shoulnt post agreed lol. Everyone raises kids different this just happens to be one of my ways again sorry if I seemed defensive its not to anyone on here

~♥Little Miss - posted on 06/23/2011

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I am glad to hear you would be truthful even if that meant my kid could not come over.

Dana - posted on 06/23/2011

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I do have guns in our home, they are locked up, of course I would tell a parent if they asked me. I respect everyone's opinion and view on firearms, as I expect them to respect mine.

Lady Heather - posted on 06/23/2011

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I would definitely answer truthfully - that we have some unloaded in a gun safe and we don't keep ammo in the house.

Lady Heather - posted on 06/23/2011

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Well...none of those reasons or she couldn't be here either. Ha. If we had a no gun rule well...I don't where she could even go. None of my friends houses, that's for sure. And we aren't all redneck hillbillys or something. All university educated, mostly transports from bigger cities. We just prefer meat that grows in the wild. And I mean EVERYONE. I was actually surprised to discover that I don't know a soul in town who doesn't have a hunter in the house. It's very different from where I grew up, that's for sure.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 06/23/2011

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So, if I asked all you gun owners "hey do you have any firearms/rifles in your home?" (pending a play date) would you answer truthfully?

Dana - posted on 06/23/2011

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Sarah if you're referring to my comment towards Marina, it was a joke. Did someone say we should all go out and buy firearms in case of an apocalypse...?

~♥Little Miss - posted on 06/23/2011

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Hell Heather, you may not let your kids over my house cause I have a cat....or I swear (try not to in front of kids) That I let my kid have Popsicle...who the hell knows. I am not a perfect parent., and I am sure that you could find a flaw to prevent your children from walking into my home if you really wanted to.

Lady Heather - posted on 06/23/2011

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I would find it totally bizarre if a kid could not play at my very safe house under the supervision of responsible me simply because we have two unloaded guns locked up in an undisclosed location of the house.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 06/23/2011

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Ummm....Amanda that was not strictly directed at you. It was a general comment about people who let their kids use guns. I am not even sure if you are the one that has the kid with the pink gun. I should have said purple or something. I was making a point, but clearly you do indeed let you child show off with a gun, as you put it, "in a controlled setting". As a parent, your child would be allowed over my house....but I would feel really uncomfortable letting my child over someone's house that has guns, or even more a gun room. Locks are picked. I am not judging YOU, I don't like guns.

I am sure your children are wonderful, but as a protective parent, I have issues with children playing with guns. I know plenty of young children that know how to ride a bike, swim, skateboard....but I still know children drowned, they get hit by cars on bikes, fall off skateboards and break bones. I am not trusting any child around my child with a loaded weapon. Accidents happen in a blink of an eye.....supervised or not.

Amanda - posted on 06/23/2011

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Whoa whoa whoa first off the room the guns are at the kids don't go and if they do they don't go alone ever we do have strict rules and she only has access when there are adults around I don't leave my children alone so showing anything off is not possible at all the guns are not loaded kids show off when they feel the need cuz they dont get the attention when they are learning my daughter knows she's good but has never pulled a gun out to show off in the house she shows off in a controlled setting with proper equipment I have been cool with all the opinions but im asking don't judge my parenting just cuz you don't agree my kids are happy healthy smart and still kids who need to learn what I can teach them

~♥Little Miss - posted on 06/23/2011

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Shit happens, that is why my children will not be allowed over houses with firearms.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 06/23/2011

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It makes my nerves go cuckoo thinking a pre pubescent child handles firearms. Kids pick things up quickly, and what if they want to show off their brand new pink hunting rifle to their friends, and show them how it works....even though mommy and daddy say not to...but hey the friends don't believe them....so they feel like they should show off.....but mommy and daddy don't know that they know the combo to the lock, and where the ammo is at.

Amanda - posted on 06/23/2011

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Its not feral when we eat the kill and its quails so its not senseless murder she has access yes when we go shooting other than that she does not handle any firearms you may. not respect or understand my choice and that's your choice
and gotta love open debates you learn alot of opinions I can't wait to see the responses since this is such a mixed feeling subject

Sarah - posted on 06/23/2011

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Soooo lets all go and buy a gun in case of an apocalypse?
That seems logical :/ lmao!

I'm sorry, A HOT PINK RIFLE? That is seriously disturbing!!!! Everything about that is wrong! It's not a freaking toy for goodness sakes!

This is all so crazy to me! 8 and 9 year old not only knowing how to shoot a gun, but having access to a rifle and ammo every day and being encouraged to go and murder some little animals? That's feral!

In some parts of America i can understand teaching gun safety and even teaching older children (like teenagers) how to use one or hunt.
I cannot respect or understand the decision to let your primary school children own and shoot their own guns!

Thank God for Australia!
You may rarely hear about accidental shootings, but we never do... EVER! I don't think i have ever heard of a child accidently shooting someone because it does not happen! I have only heard about 2 shootings in the last year and both were gang related. There is also the occasional hold up at 7eleven or something.
If anyone in this country is shot it is major news! Even stabbing s are major news, though more common.

Would you all teach your children how to stab someone?
How to choke someone? Suffocate someone? Drown someone? Light them on fire etc...? Or do you only teach them how to kill with guns?

I am finding the American culture harder and harder to understand the more i come on here lol!
I've seen a lot of documentaries about gangs and the regular shootings and the cops are just like 'well this is a tragedy but there's nothing we can do.'
Oh my gosh i would be terrified to live in America!

Dana - posted on 06/23/2011

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Marina, you said this:

~♥Marina♥~ Gallegos - posted 6 hours ago

I would prefer we all learned a form of martial arts than learn how to use a loaded weapon for protection. We don't hunt, and never will unless the apocalypse comes...then I suppose I would have to rethink being a strict vegetarian if we find our selves in the middle of dooms day, but until that day comes....I will not condone hunting.


Just so you know, if there is an apocalypse or something of that sort. You won't find vegetables running around in the woods, only animals. ;)

Amanda - posted on 06/23/2011

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Again thats your opionion and i can respect that and yes guns misused kill ppl but we have ours for hunting or self defence for if someone comes in our home intending on hurting my children, husband or myself. its a kill or be killed situation if that were to happen. and blaming a gun for it all is like blaming a pencil pen or keyboard for your misspelled words (again my own thoughts not to push it on anyone else) its all in the hands of the person handling it.

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I teach them, if they see a gun, go find an adult immediately. That guns kill, and are not safe.

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I know how dangerous Jaurez is, it is terrible what is happening there. I still would not own a gun.

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It's really important to understand that your kids may encounter a gun (not in your house of course) that is out of your control. It's important that you teach them and in my opinion show them, how a gun works. In the tragic cases of kids experimenting with a gun and shooting a friend or themselves it's because they are intrigued by it. They will see it on TV, talk to their friends about it and so you can't keep them locked up in your house forever. If they are exposed to it you want them to be the ones to have some sense.

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