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I have 2 questions I would love some input on...
1.) My husband and I are all about protecting our children. One way we plan on doing so is teaching them survival and self defence skills. I have been starting a survival guide for all of them. In which it gives you information on everything from making shelter to finding water, building traps for food and edible and poisonous plants. We plan on starting to train them on survival skills by their 6th birthdays. And starting self defense training between the ages of 10-12 based on their maturity and ability to control their tempers. Is this too soon for self defense training?
2.) Also my husband qnd I are avid gchangesectors and firm believers in our second ammendment rights. We are teaching our children not to play with guns and not to touch a gun now and we have themm locked up and unloaded at all times to keep them from being able to accidentally get a hold of a gun. But we are planning on giving them weapons training between tbe ages of 14-16 also based on their maturity level and discipline. We will start off strictly with gun and weapon safety and move forward from there. They will not have their own gun until they are 18 and that will be
a rifle they will nit have a pistol until they can buy their own at 21 (unless the law
changes) is this too young to begin weapons training?
by on Sep. 8, 2013 at 6:52 PM
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lenashark
by Bronze Member on Sep. 9, 2013 at 9:52 PM

My six year old son knows basic survival skills, what is and is not safe to eat, how to build a shelter, etc., and he owns a rifle for target shooting.

HunnyBabie
by on Sep. 9, 2013 at 9:55 PM
Never too young to start learning.
tansyflower
by on Sep. 9, 2013 at 9:58 PM

martial arts for self defense is something that should be taught over a long period of time so that it becomes second nature.  otherwise it is useless. 

as for guns, we also own many firearms and we will start them out around 5 or 6 (depending on maturity) with a small pellet gun so we can teach them basic gun safety.  my husband had his first pellet rifle at 5, then graduated to a bb gun at 6/7, then he started working with a 22 at the age of 8/9 and by the time he was 10/11 he was able to shoot a 12 gauge shotgun.  he also took hunters safety on top of his father's consistant supervision and training.  during his teen years he spent quite a bit of time on a gun range, but his primary use was always for hunting.  weapon training for self defense is not nearly as important as being able to hunt for food imo....but thats just me.

i am a firm believer that if you are a responsible gun owner you will introduce guns and gun safety as early as possible to the children living in your home.  that does NOT mean giving them unrestricted access to firearms.  supervised use only, locked and unloaded when not in use.  heck we even build a shooting birm just for safe target practice so once the kids get old enough they can practice out in the back field.

sunpeaches1
by on Sep. 9, 2013 at 11:14 PM
Its was extremely tough. Even 25 yrs later we have 2 time frames back home: before the hurricane & after the hurricane. It changed our lives completely!
Now we are not against guns, like I said, my dad is a dealer & dh & his dad are hunters. My sons have been around guns since the time they could crawl going to grandparents house, unloaded of course. They were taught to respect guns & weapons for what they are: devices meant to kill. However, when our oldest began crawling we decided not to have our guns in our home until our boys were old enough & mature enough to learn to handle them safely. We have other non lethal weapons in the home for protection, including tasers. Dh had a BBgun that he allows the boys to target practice with but it is far from the same as a real gun. For now, our guns are stored at our parents' houses.


Quoting MandaMom23:

 Sounds like a tough situation having to deal with the aftermath of the hurricane.  I'm sure the instability forced you to grow up quick.  I agree with you on people needing to have a level of maturity and understanding before they learn about weapons.  Heck a lot of adults don't even show maturity or act responsibility.  I think it is important for kids to learn about gun safety and being responsible gun owners.  They can make a decision in their future on how they want to pursue it.


Quoting sunpeaches1:

I think weaponry & gun training is all based on maturity & understanding. My sis & I were taught to handle & shoot at 11 & 12, however we were forced to mature overnight & needed to learn defense immediately. It was during the aftermath of hurricane andrew in homestead fla where our world was changed immediately & looters, death & destruction was everywhere. Desperate people did desperate things & there were those who took advantage of the situation. It was only my mama, sister & myself... it was necessary. However, when it comes time for my boys, it will be based on maturity & understanding. 1 of their grandpa's is a collector & enthusist of guns, plus he's also an ffl dealer. Other grandpa & daddy are hunters & gun nuts. So my boys have been exposed & understand these are weapons that cause death & so give a respectful distance. When it comes time they will start going hunting w daddy & grandpa, but not till they're ready. My oldest is adhd & behind on maturity level so I'm sure it won't be till he's into his teens before time comes...

 


JustahGyrl
by on Sep. 9, 2013 at 11:20 PM

You are teaching them too late in my opinion. A child can be taught all of these things much younger. I had my child in karate when they were in kindergarten. By 14 my son could fire a gun and a bow perfectly. He was never given the weapons to keep in his room of course but he could use them around us. If this is so important to you (as it is to us) I am confused why you are starting so late.

MaryIsbell
by on Sep. 9, 2013 at 11:42 PM
Basic gun safety will be taught as soon as they are able to understand it. I may be a bit over protective for the ages I suggested. Our 3 oldest are quite rambunctious so we've been afraid of introducing them too soon but our oldest is only 5



Quoting JustahGyrl:

You are teaching them too late in my opinion. A child can be taught all of these things much younger. I had my child in karate when they were in kindergarten. By 14 my son could fire a gun and a bow perfectly. He was never given the weapons to keep in his room of course but he could use them around us. If this is so important to you (as it is to us) I am confused why you are starting so late.


JustahGyrl
by on Sep. 9, 2013 at 11:52 PM

Basic gun safety is taught in our local public schools starting with kindergarten. Your 5 year old should be taught now about respecting a firearm not when he is double that age and could easily find one and have it go off and hurt him.  

Quoting MaryIsbell:

Basic gun safety will be taught as soon as they are able to understand it. I may be a bit over protective for the ages I suggested. Our 3 oldest are quite rambunctious so we've been afraid of introducing them too soon but our oldest is only 5



Quoting JustahGyrl:

You are teaching them too late in my opinion. A child can be taught all of these things much younger. I had my child in karate when they were in kindergarten. By 14 my son could fire a gun and a bow perfectly. He was never given the weapons to keep in his room of course but he could use them around us. If this is so important to you (as it is to us) I am confused why you are starting so late.


 

MaryIsbell
by on Sep. 9, 2013 at 11:56 PM
Wow really in school? And they know guns are dangerous and that they are not to touch them or mess with them.


Quoting JustahGyrl:

Basic gun safety is taught in our local public schools starting with kindergarten. Your 5 year old should be taught now about respecting a firearm not when he is double that age and could easily find one and have it go off and hurt him.  


Quoting MaryIsbell:

Basic gun safety will be taught as soon as they are able to understand it. I may be a bit over protective for the ages I suggested. Our 3 oldest are quite rambunctious so we've been afraid of introducing them too soon but our oldest is only 5




Quoting JustahGyrl:


You are teaching them too late in my opinion. A child can be taught all of these things much younger. I had my child in karate when they were in kindergarten. By 14 my son could fire a gun and a bow perfectly. He was never given the weapons to keep in his room of course but he could use them around us. If this is so important to you (as it is to us) I am confused why you are starting so late.



 


SentRegards
by on Sep. 9, 2013 at 11:56 PM
Are you a doomsday prepper?
MaryIsbell
by on Sep. 9, 2013 at 11:57 PM
No


Quoting SentRegards:

Are you a doomsday prepper?

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