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  •  I see nothing wrong with buying a gun for a 5-year (2+ / 0-)
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    old and telling him that it's his and teaching him to shoot while under adult supervision.  Teaching a kid to use a gun is the best way to remove the mystique of firearms while also raising the chance that they -won't- Do Something Dumb if they do encounter a firearm when they are not supervised.

    ...I see -everything- wrong with not following basic gun safety -- making sure the gun is unloaded before storing (I -always- fire the gun until it's dry before I put it away at the range, and then I remove the magazine and inspect the breech to make sure that there -really- isn't a round in there,) and above all, LOCKING THE DAMNED THING UP SO THE KID CAN'T ACCESS IT UNSUPERVISED.  Goddamn.  Kids are dumb.  They can't be expected to not be stupid 100% of the time, and when guns are involved, that leads to a near-certainty that there will be an 'accident'.  

    I totally lay all blame on the parents here, particularly for not apparently teaching or following the #1 rule of gun safety: A GUN IS ALWAYS LOADED UNLESS PROVEN OTHERWISE.  Someone tells you that it's unloaded?  You don't take their word for it, you work the action and you check the breech.  You thought you fired your last round?  Doesn't matter, you open it and check.  You put it away unloaded?  Doesn't matter.  You open the damned thing and check.  You put it down five minutes ago to get up and get a beer after disassembling it and you know for damned sure it wasn't loaded when you put it down, and there was the tiniest chance anyone else had access to it?  Doesn't matter, you open the thing and check.  This should be a habit ingrained to just below the level where you'd be considered OCD.   It should be an automatic action that you don't even think about, like using your blinkers to signal a turn.  

    The parents should be up on charges for leaving a loaded weapon where a child could access it, never mind their protestations that they "didn't think it was loaded," because that is not a defense that anyone who owns a gun should be allowed to make -- that's a responsibility you take on when you exercise your right to own a gun.

    There's a quote from Heinlein's Starship Troopers that I always thought was very true, and universally neglected; it went something like: "Rights are responsibilities.  Freedoms are obligations."  Nowhere is this more true than when it comes to the right to own a weapon that can end someone in the blink of an eye and the twitch of a finger.

    •  Actually the best way to remove the (0+ / 0-)

      mystique of firearms is not have a society knee-deep in firearms.  Somehow you don't hear about the mystique of firearms in any other 1st world nation but ours.

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