Snakes Gould wrote:all right let me try to explain my viewpoint. after years of practice/training whatever i could understand a young teen 13-14 being responsible with a gun. but do you think its appropriate to FIRST teach them. a 5 year old can hardly READ yet, but he's going to be taught how to blast a shotgun? i just dont see how a 5 year old can make a responsible decision between "ok, heres a deer lets shoot it, and theres a dog/child/person, lets shoot that" or "lets play with the guns when daddy's not around".
A few points.
When you were 5, did you understand the stove made food hot, but at the same time you were not to play with the stove or cook anything yourself because it could/would burn you and hurt you? I knew it. My son knew it. Same thing here.
Secondly, "blasting" a shotgun is movie speak and special effects. There's really no "blasting" going on. It's not nearly as wild as it appears on television.
And finally, if an idiot leaves his gun around where the 5 year old can get his hands on it while the adult is not around, that person is a total moron.