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  •  Storage is so not a problem (10+ / 0-)

    if the gun is for a child.  That sucker gets locked up with all ammo in a different location (even if it's in the same locker, it should be in its own separate locked container). The only time a gun gifted to a child gets taken out of the locker is under strict adult supervision.

    My children received their first guns at birth (LE family - everyone had guns), but they didn't see them until they were 7 years old, the standard age for learning to shoot around here. And even at that, they didn't get free access to their guns until they were teens, had undergone years of training and gun education, and then had to take a pledge to keep it locked up, to not tell their friends they owned guns (they were supposed to tell them the guns belonged to their LE parent and relatives).

    As an LE household, everyone expected us to have guns, we just made sure they were secured and everyone who entered the house safe from irresponsible handling of the guns.

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    by Noddy on Wed May 01, 2013 at 06:39:28 AM PDT

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    •  This is ridiculous. (2+ / 0-)
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      Children shooting guns at age 7 and having "free access" as teenagers is completely negligent parenting. Oh, wait they took a pledge? Phew! I feel so much safer. I'm sure a teenager has never done anything like take a pledge and then not follow through.

      There is no such thing as "responsible" gun handling, just varying levels of irresponsibility. That is true of adults (don't believe me? Come join me at the hospital I work in sometime) but infinitely more so for children. My word.

      If you're a LE officer, use your gun in your work then lock it up. There is no need to give them to the children.

      we just made sure they were secured and everyone who entered the house safe from irresponsible handling of the guns.
      It's nice that you tried to be so careful. I'm sure no one has ever made a mistake with securing a gun, ever never. Damn sure nobody I cared about would visit your house.
      •  no such thing as responsible gun handling? (0+ / 0-)

        "There is no such thing as "responsible" gun handling, just varying levels of irresponsibility."  This is a ridiculous statement.  Many of my friends hunted in their teens.  A firearm is a tool that can be dangerous. So can a circular saw.  Is there no such thing as responsible circular saw handling.  Good grief.

        •  How many (0+ / 0-)

          Circular saw deaths last year again exactly?

          Just because your friends hunted with something and lucked out of bodily harm doesn't make them "responsible". It makes them lucky. Guns are tools for killing, there is no need for them (real hunters use bows) and owning or using them in this society is self-evidently irresponsible. Good grief indeed.

    •  I am from a large family of avid (1+ / 0-)
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      hunters.  Back when dirt was still new and I was young, my father started teaching us gun safety at 7 to 8 yrs. old.  Dad showed us where his gun safe was and said he would take us to practice whenever we asked, but if he ever caught us even looking in the direction of firearms when he was not present, he would beat us into the ground. (He meant that literally.)  He lectured us on how curiosity could kill.  When I was 14, one of my best friends stumbled into her father's pistol and was curious.  Another friend of ours was there and he ended up accidently shooting her in the head as they played around with it.

      As my father said on a routine basis, guns are NOT toys.  They are lethal.  To make firearms, in pink, no less, aimed at small children as a toy?  It's reprehensible to me.  

      You are my brother, my sister.

      by RoCali on Wed May 01, 2013 at 02:07:31 PM PDT

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