In Lewisville, Texas (a suburb north of Dallas), the Eagle Gun Range will host birthday parties for kids.
“One of the reasons we’re doing this is, when I had my boys, I didn’t have a place to take them and educate them about how to handle a gun safely,” Prince explained. “I really want families to be able to take their kids here and teach their young shooters how to shoot safely.”
Two rooms will be available for birthday parties.
“The age limit is eight years old. You have to be tall enough to get above the shooting table,” Prince said. “They’re not gonna be left unattended. Parents are gonna be one-on-one, or if there’s not enough parents we’ll have range safety officers here to show them how to do it safely.” See the article here.
For those who are going to blast me for being un-American and a hater of guns and liberty, go ahead. I will allow all comments, but you will not change my mind on this.
I have only TWO points to make:
First, I have no problem with a parent taking his kid out to shoot cans off the fence or even to shoot at a gun range. But it should be on-on-one with very tight controls. I hope the owner of this to-be-built gun-range thinks this over because when he says “if there’s not enough parents we’ll have range safety officers here to show them how to do it safely,” that is not safe operation or sane operation.
sECOND, anyone who has ever had an eight-year-old boy or been at an eight-year old’s birthday party or a second grade baseball game knows that in the area of self-control, eight-year olds, especially eight-year old boys, have very little.
Now, tell me that taking them to a gun range teaches responsibility and that you would want to supervise a bunch of eight-year old boys at a birthday party with weapons loaded with live ammunition.
Can we not wait until, oh, I don’t know, at least fifth grade to introduce kids to guns? It’s not like we hunt to eat much these days. Please, NRA, give some sane guidance on this.
If you call me a gun-hater because I oppose this unilaterally, ok, fine. I am a gun hater.
Well, one other point, let’s say that the gun range was in a run-down area of a large city and the people who went there were minorities. . . .would people say that these minority parents are teaching their kids to be gang-bangers? Pot, kettle and all.