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    The hysteria is laughable. Young boys and girls have been taught to shoot by a parent or other family member since the invention of firearms.

    what the left fails to admit is that its the left in the entertainment industry that glamourizes gun violence for profit. exclusively. the "kids" in this story are being taught gun safety, the kids watching movies from hollywood and video games are being taught that human life has little to no value at all so killing is being taught by the left.

    ......insert abortion or death panels from obamacare....human life is no more important than sand beetles...another leftwing kooky idea that devalues human beings..
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    @CommonSense that would be the panel of bureaucrats that will decide who gets medical treatment and who does not based entirely on the return of the investment.
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    Junior models are not only for kids. Small framed adults benefit greatly, if the weapon better fits their reach, ability to handle it comfortably, etc.
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    I started my kids around 8 or so with BB guns in a cellar range. Their friends as well, more than a couple were single parent, mothers, who had no father in their lives. Picked up a few yard sale 22's when they hit 12, boxes of 500 rounds of 22's and bags of balloons. Cooler full of drinks, sandwiches, snacks and 5 hours at a local range. Heck of a lot cheaper and better than movies or chunky cheese. Carried it over to hunting. If anything I should have done it even more often.
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    You are a good parent & there are many more of you/us out there, even if we don't have children yet. I have 3 nieces, 2 who are very competetive (the other is only 6), one, at 11, just has begun shooting a .22. I know, a bit young, but she seems to be very mature regarding the fact that wherever that barrel is pointing, on that .22, you are aiming at something/someone to, potentially, kill. Good thinbg they are only shot at targets, still... The 2nd, at 9, is still not quite "old enough+mature enough," to use a .22 , at this point, but can't wait the years to go up against her big sister on the range.Target and recreational shooting is more our gig, though I'm a "former" hunter. Please note that my bro-n-law & I began teaching firearms safety to the girls VERY early on, and practice safe handling and storage, ourselves. Eh, more he than I, as I don't have children yet. However, whenever the girls are around my place, certain areas get locked up, including certain other items...
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    A Red Ryder BB gun is only like $25.00 and an AR15 can be well over a $1,000. I'll be damned if I'd spend that kind of cash on my kid for Christmas. The BB would just have to suffice until he's 18.
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    @Food4thoughts
    Ralphie: "I want an Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action Two-Hundred-Shot Range Model Air Rifle!"
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    "The percentages of gun owners and licensed hunters in the US are in decline"

    WTF?? Gun sales are through the roof.

    As for marketing to kids, that's always been done. There've been youth shooting leagues as long as I've been shooting.
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    I was wondering the same thing. I keep hearing about sales of AR 15s specifically going up exponentially since discussion of banning them began. I really don't think the manufacturer needs to spend any effort or money on advertising. That said, let them advertise. Whether or not a kid gets one of these or any gun is entirely up to the parents.
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    @Denizen_Kate

    Given that .223 ammo is probably over $1.00 a round, what kid will be shooting it. Most youth leagues I've known of are air rifle or .22. Heck, I don't shoot anything but my .22s anymore. And that's only because I have several thousand rounds at less than $0.02 a round.(I bought all I could from a sporting goods store that was closing.)
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    @Thunderchicken - I had no idea ammo was so expensive. Only have a shotgun myself, and hardly ever take it out of it's case except to clean it. I can't remember how long ago I bought shells. I wonder what 20 gauge shot goes for these days?
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    @Denizen_Kate The percentage of guns sold is high, but the percebtage of gun owners is in decline: translation, people who already own are stockpiling more guns, but the number of people who buy guns is going down.
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    The article is addressed to rural Junior Shooters. I think they, the authors, are addressing both the intellect of the parents, and the dialect of the kids they're targeting (pun untended).
    Just another demonstration of the failure of our schools
    Can you imagine an version directed to inner city AA kids written in Ebonics encouraging them to acquire AR 15
    Gimme dat gat.
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    A squirt gun that looks like an AR is still a squirt gun. A bb gun that looks like an AR is still a bb gun. And a Hello Kitty bubble gun is still a bubble gun - and even those cause Liberals to go off the deep end. I keep saying, if the Liberals don't want guns, then don't buy them. You are perfectly free in America to never have a gun. But the Second Amendment allows those of us who do want them to have them. Quit trying to make a big deal out of how a gun looks. Whether or not it can kill something or someone has nothing to do with how it looks. My father took all of his 6 children out and taught them to shoot at age 6. He also taught my 3 children to shoot at about the same age. I think my youngest shot her first rabbit with at 22-250 at about 5 years old. Guess what radical liberals? None of us has ever shot at a human being, or had any accidents of any kind. Get over the hysteria and focus on controlling criminals. It isn't the guns, it is the people who have the guns.
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    Sure - It's used widely as a competition and sporting rifle. A lot of kids do very well in target shooting competitions, and have been proven to be very safe doing it.

    A lot of people also use AR-15's for hunting anything smaller than a deer, such as Nutria and sometimes wild hogs (although I'd rather use something a bit more powerful for hogs, which have very tough skin). A lot of kids love to hunt, so naturally some use AR-15's for that reason.

    AK-47's, very similar to the AR-15 but more powerful, are used a lot here in Texas to hunt wild hogs, so some kids are taught to use those too. AR-10's, which are basically an AR-15 chambered in .308, are used for hunting hogs, deer, and even bear. Supposedly, the Democrats support hunting. I beg to differ.

    A few decades ago, a lot of high schools had shooting teams, just like basketball and football teams - None of those schools had any murders during that time. I think the 4H club still has shooting competitions (although, mostly pellet gun teams now).
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    Puberty plus a Bushmaster: what could possibly go wrong?

    There plenty of adult products we don't market to kids - because kids lack the judgement to safely handle the products.
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    @Capt_Morgan02 And the "healthy amount of adult supervision" means that they DON'T get their very own AR15. They put their hands on a firearm ONLY at the range, and they ONLY point it down range. Giving a kid a Sponge Bob AR15 is just stupid. Kids need to be taught that there's no such thing as "toy" guns.
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    @NTBFW In theory, I agree that teaching the child to "understand responsibility" is important. Yet over 500 children a year are killed by firearms. Because we collect so little data on gun violence it's hard to say if these were children of irresponsible parents.
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    Hey, PolitixPeople-I've noticed there seems to be a pattern of the question being reworded. This is the latest example of asking a broad question in the headline and making it more specific in the poll. What's up with that?
    I can anwer both questions with a resounding yes. Whether it's a Glenfield Model 60 .22 or a Bushmaster AR-15; the only question is affordability and use. Used properly, both afford safe entertainment or hunting. Despite the hefty price tag, the AR-15 provides the advantage of higher power with minimal recoil for the younger marksman.
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    Kids need to be taught the proper use and proper safety rules of guns at an early age. I spend as much time as possible teaching kids and anyone I can to shoot. I do focus on helping victims of domestic abuse learn to protect them selves.
    As far as kids go you don't have problems with kids committing crimes with guns that have been taught about responsible gun ownership from an early age. I've carried or hunted since I was 6 years old. I have yet to commit a crime with one. I taught all my children the same. They haven't committed any crimes with theirs either. They understand the responsibility that goes with handling firearms.
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    I agree with you 150% on just about everything you said. The responsiblity starts when young=goes on to later years. Personally, I din't start shooting till 12/13, but it was more a matter of my father being anti-gun. I learned about responsibilty (firearms-wise) from my maternal grandfather and brothers, not to mention cousins, having "grown up" (over summers) on my grandfather's 175 acre farm. I also have learned about responsibility & have yet to commit any crimes, either. In any case, good work!
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    Teaching children responsible gun ownership and handling at a young age before potentially unsafe habits can be learned... those devious bastard, how dare they.
  • #96
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    The press has nothing but negativity towards the semi-automatic weapons. And NY, the most communistic state in America should shut up and see how well thier new laws actually curb violence.
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    its up to the parents to show that child wrong and right, unless you are a liberal who feels it is the gubments job to just regulate and take everything away, that way they dont have to put in any effort. they can just lay back and have baybay after baybay!
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