Right. At the end of this article, there is this:Grace Savage looked pint size as the 10-year-old leaned her shoulder into the stock of a shiny replica assault rifle.With a calm pull of the trigger, she fired the .22-caliber weapon and sent a bullet flying inches above the target.“OK, now this time aim a little lower,” counseled the instructor, Kurt Brouillet. “See if you can hit the 2.”Thwack. A bullet hole appeared on the white paper target, an inch above the numeral. (...)Tiny girls shooting big guns isn’t the only unusual sight at the first Victory Games summer camp, created at the Sealed Mindset gun range and self-defense training facility in New Hope. In a week, campers learn shooting, archery, self-defense, knot-tying, tactical decision making and compression-only CPR — and then put those skills to work in competitive games in which teams of two compete against each other to win the Victory Games.It’s a little like “The Hunger Games,” only instead of life and death, the Victory Games is all about winning and losing and the benefits that can come from either one.
Kent said he plays up the drill sergeant role a little bit for the fun of the camp, but the structure and the rules of the event are real. Grace accidentally pointed the .22 in the wrong direction on the first day, giving her an “unsafe” citation. A second would mean removal from camp.
Right. "Long-term effects on the children" could mean bad things as well. Does anyone remember the little boy(aged 5) who shot his sister with a special kids' rifle? I do. That's a long-term effect. So after examining the wisdom of teaching 10 year olds how to shoot assault type rifles, let's examine again why it is not a good idea for young kids to handle guns. There are other guns that could be used to teach children to hunt. But the corporate gun lobby wants to increase sales of assault type rifles. They are high priced guns. If kids get hooked on them, perhaps they will want to buy them when they become old enough to do so. And further, even though parents tell children not to touch guns, they touch anyway- familiar or not familiar with guns. Teaching kids to "survive" using guns is right up the alley of the gun rights extremists many of whom stock pile guns in case of insurrection against their duly elected government.Yatch hopes the camp has a long-term impact on the children and teaches them important safety skills but also no fear of failure.“We wouldn’t be putting the effort we put into this just to entertain the kids,” Yatch said. “We’re not doing ‘make-things-out-of-duct tape camp.’ Our goal is to have long-term effects on the children.”
Even though children may be trained to shoot a gun, accidents still happen. Like, for instance, the latest accidental shooting of a Minnesota 9 year old by her 5 year old brother. How often does this have to happen before those law abiding gun owners will realize that guns are inherently dangerous and most especially around curious children? From the article:
Gun advocates are issuing an urgent reminder to parents following the accidental shooting of an Oakdale girl.Police said her five year old brother shot her with a rifle Friday night.Authorities believe the girl will recover but some are using this case to stress the importance of gun safety.Jeff Byrne is a firearms safety instructor at his sporting goods store, Cabin Fever in Victoria.He brought out a box of unspent gun shells and said, "We use this little display in our firearm safety class.What do the shells have in common?Byrne said, "All these shells, whether it's a shotgun shell, rifle or pistol, all came out of an unloaded firearm."When he said 'unloaded,' he meant a firearm the owner thought was unloaded but was not.Byrne said, "What we teach in all our firearm safety classes is you first open up and look inside of [the gun] to make sure there is nothing in there."At Friday's shooting in a home on the 1800 block of Helena Road North in Oakdale, its unknown if the father knew a gun was loaded.But Oakdale Police said dad and grandpa and a total of five children were home when the 5-year-old boy picked up a firearm and accidentally shot his 9-year-old sister in the upper chest.According to Michelle Stark with Oakdale Police, as of Saturday afternoon, the girl remained in stable condition at Gillette Children's Hospital in Saint Paul, expected to recover from the gunshot wound.Stark said the gun was a .22-caliber rifle and, "It's our understanding that a family member was repairing an item associated with the gun and it was left out."Byrne said, "Never leave your guns unattended while you step away to grab the phone or do something else.He said it's important to always store ammunition separate from firearms, and store guns with trigger locks or in a safe.He said, "That way the kids don't grab them and we don't run into these situations."Oakdale Police are investigating the shooting and looking into whether charges should be filed.
Let's talk for a minute about parents letting kids have guns for self protection. Is that a good idea? I would say a resounding "no" after this tragedy in Arizona:
An update to this article gives the news that the boy who was shot has now died. That's a long-term affect on children and their families for sure.A 13-year-old boy is on life support after being shot in Wickenburg Friday night, according to a spokesman for the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office.In an email to 3TV, Officer Christopher Hegstrom stated that the boy had been shot by a friend around 7 p.m. He was then flown to Phoenix Children's Hospital where he remains on life support.Saturday afternoon, Sheriff Joe Arpaio told 3TV the father of the shooter had left the gun with the kids intentionally.According to Arpaio, the father needed to do some shopping, so he left his 13-year-old son and his son’s 13-year-old friend home alone. A ten-year-old not involved in the shooting was also left at the house.Apparently, according to Arpaio, the dad had been worried about the family's safety so he left the gun with the kids thinking they would be able to protect themselves.While the father was gone his son accidentally shot his friend in the head.Although the sheriff’s office is investigating the shooting as an accident, Arpaio said criminal charges could be coming for the father.
You really can't make this stuff up. If we want to talk about irresponsible gun owners, this father is a poster child. Parents like to take their children hunting and they make sure, hopefully, that they get proper training on how to handle the gun. But more often than admitted by the gun rights extremists, children shoot each other or themselves accidentally or in suicides and even homicides. And leaving a gun on purpose in a home for a child to use in self defense is just downright insane and dangerous. This is not OK. The Kid Shootings blog posts a lot about kids shooting or being shot in incident after incident. In the latest blog the Gun Report by Joe Nocera of the New York Times, there were only 2 incidents reported of children being injured or killed by a gun. Usually this report includes the shooting of many children in just a few days' time.
We are better than this. For the sake of our children, common sense about guns and gun use is vitally important. Too many parents and gun owners are cavalier about their guns, thinking that kids won't get their hands on them. But they do. As we say on the Kid Shootings blog: "Every gun in the hands of a child must first pass through the hands of an adult." Adults should be responsible gun owners. Too many are not. Between 7 and 8 children are dying every day in America from bullets. That is not OK. It's time for a change.
Is this what we have come to when we teach little kids to use guns? A 12 year old Pennsylvania boy robbed a lemonade stand with a real looking BB handgun.