BabyJanq has already asked me for her own "shooter" (gun) and says she wants to go to the range with me as well as to paintball to "trap" squirrels (I use my marker at home to cull the rampant & destructive squirrel population around my property).
I'm pretty sure she'll be leading 'BabyBrother' (thats what she calls him) by the nose along with us soon as he can pull the trigger on her squirt gun.
Contrary Mrs. Janq is appalled by the idea of as much she being a lifelong anti and gun fearful person.
BTW I just learned last weekend that in MA slingshots are illegal!!
Unbelieveable. As a 7 yr. old my momz taught me how to make that and a sling like David used to slay the giant as we'd read in the bible.
Congrats (may as well wish it in this forum as well)
As to the slingshot thing... I think MA is also trying to outlaw oxygen. Criminals kill people while breathing it. If they outlawed it, the criminals could not breath.
I suppose they are not as bad as CA for dip sh*t stuff outlawed. Yet.
Here's the logic I used on my wife regarding guns and kids:
At some point, the kid is going to start going over to other kid's houses to play.
There is a decent chance (40-sometihng percent of all hoseholds in the US have guns) that she will be going to play in a house in which there is a gun.
Now, it's right and correct as a parent to ask if there is a gun and if so, is it secured against kids (not just "hidden") but even if they believe it is secured, someone may make a mistake and leave it out. There are other households in which the gun is lying around anyway.
As such, it is best to teach the child a couple of things: 1) what to do if you see a gun that is not Daddy's, with Daddy present, and here you go into the Eddie Eagle 3 steps (1. Don't touch it, 2) leave the area, 3) tell an adult). Then go further and explain that the child will have to know how to safely handle firearms if faced with them- how to load, unload, make the weapon safe, etc.
In addition to this, hopefully she sees your guns as a "hobby" and there is nothing better than sharing a loved hobby with your child, and she has to recognize that, even if there are loud bangs involved.