2nd Amendment to the Constitution of The United States of America

A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.

"I ask sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people except for a few politicians."
- George Mason (father of the Bill of Rights and The Virginia Declaration of Rights)

Friday, March 16, 2012

Teach your children well....

"Teach your children well,
Their father's hell did slowly go by"

I am sure CS&N would be crapping bricks to know the context I quoted that song in...but hey, I was also in the Ohio National Guard and I think they sang a song about that also with some help from Neil Young...

Anyway, remember back this fall when I posted about a local 4-H exhibit a county fair that I visited and how impressed I was with the amount of firearm related projects on display?  No?  Well, click here to check out that post.  I spoke of how I was pleased to see so many kids learning correctly to safely use and enjoy firearms at a young age.  When my daughter gets old enough for that in 4-H you bet I will be helping her with that.  The age for that project I believe is 12 years to be able to do it.  I know that there are a lot of you out there that probably held you first gun before that. Maybe it was given as a Christmas or Birthday present of a .22 to go squirrel or rabbit hunting with Dad or another family member?  Maybe a youth .410 to start shooting clays with? Maybe just a Red Ryder BB gun with a compass in the stock.  Whatever the reason, 12 is not the "absolute" minimum age for a lot of folks to introduce their kids to firearms.

How about 3 or 4 year olds?  Check this out (thanks to EDNDO for finding this)...



 Of course the first thing that strikes me is the term "live guns"....OMG WEAPONS HAVE BECOME SENTIENT BEINGS!! QUICK DESTROY SKYNET!!   You would think that maybe she is talking about guns with ammo loaded, but a minute later she explains the guns at no time have ammo in them...oh well, it was a good video so I can overlook a little media ignorance.

This takes place at a martial arts school in Boise, Idaho so it has two things going for it.  First, its in a school that teaches a skill that is dangerous to begin with and is normally taught to children with a ample emphasis on learning responsibility and control.  This is just a logical extension.  Secondly, its in Idaho which is a much more gun friendly state and area that say California, New York or Chicago...where a story like this on the news would be almost unheard of.   

"What children...and GUNS..why...they'll explode on contact with them!!"   ~ Typical Anti-Gunner

Well, no they won't explode, spontaneously burst into flames, melt, disintegrate or otherwise die, no more so than with any other dangerous item we have in our home....IF they are taught to respect and give it its proper due caution. 

We teach our kids about dangerous stuff all the time.   Stay away from fire...don't run with scissors...don't play in the street...don't talk to strangers....don't eat that...don't drink that.... Its what we are supposed to do as parents.  Just because we tell them what not to do doesn't mean that we don't expect them to eventually use those things when they know how to responsibly and safely do so.  Otherwise we would not have backyard cookouts and a lot of other fun stuff. 

Here is a pic of my Facebook and WTA friend Jesse...yes that Jesse... with his boy recently on a trip in the wilds of Arizona where he lives...notice anything?


Here let me point it out for you in case you miss it looking at that beautiful scenery behind them...



Yep, that's the barrel of an AK...please notice in the picture that his kid is not panicing or exploding.  "But why would he need that?" you may be asking yourself.  Here's a picture of Jesse's lovely wife...


Right where this picture was taken they found the carcass of a deer kill, one that looked like it had been killed by a mountain lion...or maybe a sasquatch, I don't know which but either way an obviously dangerous predator lived nearby.  So the AK makes sense in this context for two reasons...

#1.  Against an animal that is as quick and dangerous as a mountain lion I would want a honest to goodness .30 rifle that fired as fast as I needed it to...
#2. If it was your family in those pictures wouldn't you want a damn AK to protect them as well?

In any case the weapon is a "tool"...Say it with me... a T-O-O-L...those of you lurking on here from the Brady campaign may have a hard time comprehending this so I will say it slower.....T....O....O....L.   Even though many of us view them as objects of beauty and engineering marvel, when it comes down to it a firearm is a tool...a very dedicated and efficient tool, but a tool none the less.  Like any other tool in the house its use should be taught properly to our children -when they are age appropriate according to maturity and other factors - and the "mystique" and "cool factor" mitigated for them to want to "play" with them later.

Teach your children folks, I am not going to tell you when and where is the right time, that's you job as parents...but teach them right and make it stick.

I mean really, do it right before you kid has to experience this .....







5 comments:

Anonymous said...

I have always explained gun safety and allowed my kids to hold them whenever they want - as early as age 6. And have continued that practice into teaching them to shoot at abt 10.
My theory is that if you remove the mystique and awe of guns early in life they will be less likely to cluster around the kid that brings one to school to show his friends. And therefore they would be less likely to get accidently shot.

Huey said...

that nailed it right there...keep up the good work man!

Aaron said...

I love the analogy you use with teaching kids to be careful around other dangerous items (scissors, etc.). Great blog! I stumbled across it because I'm in the market for a M1 Garand and heard that Camp Perry is a great place to get one. Thanks for the info.

Aaron said...

I love the analogy you use with teaching kids to be careful around other dangerous items (scissors, etc.). Great blog! I stumbled across it because I'm in the market for a M1 Garand and heard that Camp Perry is a great place to get one. Thanks for the info.

Huey said...

hey, thanks for the kind words. Not going to be posting this week but check back next week. If you decide to go to CMP at Cp Perry be sure to call ahead and ask what type of a selection they have on hand...if they are down to only a few it may be more worth your time just to pay to have one shipped to you (they will ship to your door and not to a FFL...all shipped items come from the Anniston, AL store I think). Also be sure to pick up ammo there, about 1/2 the cost of .30-06 in the store. the surplus Greek cans with bandoleers with enbloc clips is gone, but the loose stuff is the same lot (from what I understand) and clips (and yes that is the proper term for an M1) are easy to find.

Also note that the inventory gets hit very hard during the NRA matches so you may want to schedule a trip sometime before that happens.

Not sure where you would be coming from but if you do go to Perry be sure to take a look around at some of the sights I posted about in the article. Also, just East of Perry is Port Clinton, which is a Summer resort location on Lake Erie and you can take a ferry over to the (in)famous Fut-In-Bay which is a lot of fun and also has a Memorial Tower dedicated to Commodore Oliver Hazzard Perry (of "Damn the torpedeos, full speed ahead" fame. There they also normally have an actor in period costume during the spring and summer that shows off how to load and fire a musket. And PIB is also famous for their live music, chicken Barbeque and the worlds largest bar. Great place in the summer but cold as hell in the Winter. Enjoy!

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