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video of the newest participant in the shooting sports, my 2-1/2 y.o. niece shooting a ruger mk. ii .22 pistol

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-3904069788639516855&hl=en

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She's a cute little one.

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Great to see a little one enjoying herself but you may want to consider some type of eyewear for her. I'd hate to see something happen to her eyes at her age or any age. Thumbs up

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Such a sweet little girl. That's the only good thing I seen.
Letting someone that still believes in Barney & Tella Tubbies anywhere near firearms, let alone a hand -on experience is nothing short of Child Abuse. I said it " I mean it" Child Abuse.
The youngest one I took from a closet with a bullet in the brain was a little over four years old, far wiser and more mature than a 30 monther.

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I wouldn't have said it that strongly, but as a father of six I don't agree with introducing them to firearms that young. If nothing else, the motor skills aren't there, and it's too easy for fingers to wind up where they're not supposed to be.

But more importantly, a child needs to be old enough to understand the concept of firearm safety and self restraint for the sake of personal safety. At that age, it's tough enough teaching them the concept of using a toilet. It's a psychological fact that when they're that young their ability to comprehend abstract concepts like potential harm or anticipate future results from possible courses of action just isn't there. I sure hope that the guns in the house are thoroughly locked up, as well as the guns in any home she might go into, because any discussion of gun safety at that age will be retained for about 30 seconds at best. Based on her experience with Daddy, she and won't hesitate if she sees a gun sitting unattended -- whether it's at the range or in someone's closet. Don't think for a second that she won't. What you've done is akin to teaching her how to set things on fire with a lighter, and then telling her to stay away from fire.

IMO, being old enough to use a firearm (even supervised) goes way beyond being able to pull a trigger. I've known a lot of parents (generally with their first child) that try teach them things way beyond their ability because they're new to the game and don't have perspective on the limitations of the age. Kids grow up awfully fast -- this is one area where you don't have to be in a hurry. She's an adorable little girl -- don't put her at risk.

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expatriate wrote:
I wouldn't have said it that strongly, but as a father of six I don't agree with introducing them to firearms that young. If nothing else, the motor skills aren't there, and it's too easy for fingers to wind up where they're not supposed to be.

But more importantly, a child needs to be old enough to understand the concept of firearm safety and self restraint for the sake of personal safety. At that age, it's tough enough teaching them the concept of using a toilet. It's a psychological fact that when they're that young their ability to comprehend abstract concepts like potential harm or anticipate future results from possible courses of action just isn't there. I sure hope that the guns in the house are thoroughly locked up, as well as the guns in any home she might go into, because any discussion of gun safety at that age will be retained for about 30 seconds at best. Based on her experience with Daddy, she and won't hesitate if she sees a gun sitting unattended -- whether it's at the range or in someone's closet. Don't think for a second that she won't. What you've done is akin to teaching her how to set things on fire with a lighter, and then telling her to stay away from fire.

IMO, being old enough to use a firearm (even supervised) goes way beyond being able to pull a trigger. I've known a lot of parents (generally with their first child) that try teach them things way beyond their ability because they're new to the game and don't have perspective on the limitations of the age. Kids grow up awfully fast -- this is one area where you don't have to be in a hurry. She's an adorable little girl -- don't put her at risk.

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these pics were sent to me by my buddy. I think he is absolutely corrected when
he asks " ARE THE PATIENTS RUNNING THE ASYLUM ?

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dtlwheels....

I appreciate your enthusiasm and, to some extent, you posting the clip. I often find myself dealing with the issue we're talking about here. My two older boys shoot all the time, our family hunts all the time, and our 3 and a half year old has been in moose camps since he was 6 weeks old. He's absolutely grown up around guns, bullets, bows, boats...and loves to sit and watch as we reload shotgun and rifle rounds. That said, he's not allowed...ever...to touch any gun or any ammunition. He wants to shoot....and he's got three or four toy guns that he does this with. His imagination is such that a toy gun is fine. You need to ask yourself, "whom am I letting this child shoot for" It's mostly for the adults...the children are fine with toy guns.

Here is a pic of my little guy with his grandfather....grandpa is checking his scope...and believe me... the little fellow is checking his scope too. They don't need real guns yet.

My older boys were 7-8 when they started shooting pellet guns....and they did that as if they were shooting a .22 - same rules applied.

Again, I appreciate your enthusiasm but I would really reconsider having a child that age shooting guns. And, as mentioned....no eye protection?

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I looked at the video again and the other thing that bothers me is that her feet are ahead of the barrel! She is just pulling the trigger and could easily slap a round in her foot. Cry

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