posted on Jun, 11 2012 @ 11:58 AM
reply to post by JacKatMtn
Personally, the sooner they are exposed to gun safety, the better!
A birthday party might be a great time to expose a kid to gun safety where they might never get the lesson otherwise.
The most dangerous thing about a gun is naivety of the user. If a kid has never seen a gun before, and then they happen upon one, it is a very
dangerous scenario, but if they had that one birthday party once, and they remember a couple of key lessons like, "treat every gun as if it were
loaded," then maybe they'll be safer.
I'm sure the gun ranges are taking plenty of precautions, because there is a lot of liability in having amateurs handle guns. So, I'm sure if they
are having the parties, they are taking extra precautions.
I actually learned something new at a Bass Pro shop the other day. I'm about to by my 6 year old his first gun, and the guy at the counter used to
teach children's gun classes, and he advised me to get a single-shot, bolt action, with a peep sight instead of open sight. The bolt action teaches
them how the gun mechanics work, the single-shot ensures they will not spin around with a loaded gun after firing a round, and the peep sight helps
focus their attention on the front sight. All very useful advice from the counter guy!