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  •  The problem is not the kid's age, it's the access (6+ / 0-)

    I often supervise a friend's two boys, aged 6 and 8, while they shoot their .22 rifles.  I always stress safety and teach them safe handling while I'm with them. Both of these boys never have unsupervised access to that rifle because even with me teaching them safety, they are not responsible or old enough to not be supervised while shooting.  

    "I'm a progressive man and I like progressive people" Peter Tosh

    by Texas Lefty on Wed May 01, 2013 at 06:20:03 AM PDT

    •  Would you teach a 5-year-old... (10+ / 0-)

      To use a deep fryer? Light a charcoal grill? Use a sharp knife to dice vegetables? Use the lawn mower? Swallow swords or juggle knives? Just wondering, because all these things can be done safely by people who are properly trained and taught about safety, yet very few people would let these kids do these things because these pieces of equipment are inherently dangerous and most people realize young children do not always exhibit common sense, the right amount of caution, or a true appreciation of danger even when properly taught.
      My parents and my friends' parents taught us never to accept rides from strangers and how dangerous it might be, yet we did.

      I taught my son never to play with knives when he was young. When he was 5, we inadvertently gave him a duffel bag for a slumber party that had a steak knife in it from a camping trip. He found it and started running around chasing the other kids with it. This is my non-Aspie son. He was very bright for his age and is now an adult and never had any violent incidents; he was a normal 5-year-old lacking adult judgment.

      Five, six, and seven year olds are not mini adults who will always follow your instructions or will always do the right thing because they "know better."

      I think gun advocates who think it is ok to give a gun to a child that way do not understand kids and/or do not understand that guns ARE inherently dangerous and even well trained professionals mess up with them.

      IT is a deadly weapon. No child needs a deadly weapon.

      Proud Aspie mom of an LGBT kid and some Aspies.

      by CatM on Wed May 01, 2013 at 09:32:56 AM PDT

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      •  Depends on the kids and the situation (2+ / 0-)
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        I teach these kids safety because they live out in rural East Texas and their father is a rightwinger who hasn't taught them enough about gun safety(why am I not surprised).  I'm doing it for their safety and I see nothing wrong with it.  It may very well save their lives one day.

        "I'm a progressive man and I like progressive people" Peter Tosh

        by Texas Lefty on Wed May 01, 2013 at 09:53:25 AM PDT

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