Response to Glaug-Eldare (Reply #35)
Wed May 23, 2012, 02:48 PM
DanM (214 posts)
36. Oh, I got your idea, I just don't think it's realistic...
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...for parents to think Jane and Dick are never going to, for example, go with their friends on private property or to a gun range and handle and fire guns without Jane or Dick letting their parents know.
In a world where kids will tell their parents beforehand when they are going with their friends to fire guns recreationally, then the assumption that gun safety doesn't have to include marksmanship is valid. But that world doesn't exist, and I stand by my common-sense, prudent philosophy that youngsters should be equipped with as much education as you can give them on gun safety, to include marksmanship. Some parents may not like it that their Jane or Dick would do that without letting them know, but it is better that Jane or Dick come home safely without having injured themselves or others, or themselves getting injured, due to poor marksmanship.
Just as some parents may not like it that sex education should include education on birth control, but that is the common-sense and prudent thing to do. Most kids are not going to let their parents know beforehand, on many, many things they impulsively engage in. Wise parents are not closed-minded to the possibilities, and err on the side of more education rather than less education, even when the activity being educated about wouldn't be their personal cup of tea.
Parents who say "I refuse to allow my children to <insert whatever you want here>" may have the prerogative to say that, but the world is full of examples of pregnant children and children injured in recreational shooting, for want of education that was available and free or very inexpensive.
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