It is not always a bad thing to give a child a gun to hold. I was given my first loaded weapon to hold at age eight, after it was drilled into me how dangerous a badly handled weapon could be.
I have grown up with a great deal of respect for the danger of firearms in the hands of untrained people, and I have never gone on a killing rampage
nor committed any gun or any other weapon crime because I was made aware at an early age that all weapons are dangerous, and must always be handled
with care, and respect.
I know the anti gun lobby will not support this view, and I await there screeching boilerplates. Weapons can only kill when in the hands of people.