There’s a great Op-Ed in the Dallas Morning News by a guy who is teaching his five year old daughter about guns.
My little girl is growing up. That very special change is coming in her life. She is about to blossom into a new stage of maturity. As a father, I have to face facts.
She’s 5 now; it’s time to buy her first gun.
My daughter is a month away from eight, and she’s been learning about guns since she could crawl.
First it was “Don’t Touch!” Which she has never violated.
Then we moved on to BB guns and Airsoft.
She has her own BB rifle, the classic Daisy Red Rider. We set up targets in the back yard and plink away for hours. We both love the time we spend together, and she is learning valuable life skills like patience and self discipline.
Even if you’re anti-gun, it’s important to teach your kids about gun
safety. Kids are naturally curious, and if they’re untrained they might misuse a found firearm with unfortunate consequences.
Colonel Cooper’s four rules are the basics:
1. Guns are always loaded.
2. Never let the muzzle cover anything you are not prepared to destroy.
3. Keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on the target.
4. Be sure of your target. (And what’s behind it.)