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Would you allow your 7 & 9 yr. old go out target practicing with a gun?

We had a tragedy over the week-end.2 brothers,age 9 & 7 went out target practicing .I have no idea if there was any parents or someone responsible with them. Well,somehow the 7 yr.old shot his gun and accidently shot & killed his 9 yr.old brother.I'm just sick over it.

 
bvannkissy

Asked by bvannkissy at 12:46 PM on Jul. 14, 2010 in General Parenting

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Answers (11)
  • no way
    not old enough even with adult
    fiatpax

    Answer by fiatpax at 12:47 PM on Jul. 14, 2010

  • Absolutely not.
    SuperrMommyy

    Answer by SuperrMommyy at 12:48 PM on Jul. 14, 2010

  • No way! A very close friend of my nephew(age 8) was killed about 4 months ago hunting, kids that age should never be given a gun for any reason!
    BlainesMommy09

    Answer by BlainesMommy09 at 12:50 PM on Jul. 14, 2010

  • YES-you have to teach gun safety at a young age.
    adakbride

    Answer by adakbride at 12:51 PM on Jul. 14, 2010

  • Not if they didn't know anything about gun safety.
    makelineerror

    Answer by makelineerror at 12:52 PM on Jul. 14, 2010

  • i don't even like toy guns...soooo:/ (tragic story)
    MomInc

    Answer by MomInc at 12:54 PM on Jul. 14, 2010

  • Umm..no, I think not..I barely like the water guns that they have.
    mom_of_twins972

    Answer by mom_of_twins972 at 1:00 PM on Jul. 14, 2010

  • Yes as long as a responsible adult is around & the kids are responsible as well (there are high strung kids & there are layed back kids that can control themself)..
    My dad was a gun collector & I got my first gun at 6 years old. I was always responsible & always had a fear of guns- even as an adult. We always had guns in our house & most were not locked up. But I knew better to mess with the guns or let my friends around them...
    MommaTasha1003

    Answer by MommaTasha1003 at 1:03 PM on Jul. 14, 2010

  • I think that many such tragedies can be prevented with gun safety education and supervised use of fire arms.

    I was raised around fire arms and was taught gun safety at a very early age. I would certainly NOT allow children to use guns without supervision.

    I think the reason that gun safety education is so important is that even if you don't have guns in YOUR home, your child will likely be at a friend's house at some point where guns ARE present.

    BuddyRoo

    Answer by BuddyRoo at 1:24 PM on Jul. 14, 2010

  • I don't particularly like guns and we don't own any. But I would allow my child to go target shooting (at a gun range, I'm assuming) with a responsible adult. By responsible adult, I mean my husband or MIL. I don't really consider my dad or brother, both of whom hunt and have guns, all that responsible. Not that they would purposely let something happen, but I could easily see something going wrong if they were the "responsible adult."
    Christina807

    Answer by Christina807 at 2:38 PM on Jul. 14, 2010

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