How young is too young and how old is too late????
How young is too young to introduce a child to guns and gun safety and how old is too late? Iím sure this question has been brought up many of times before and I know a lot of people are going to say itís ultimately up to me but i would like some opinions to better form my own.
A little back ground my fiancťs nephew who is 3 years 2 months old has come to live with us on what looks like is going to be a long term permanent basis with neither his mother nor father being around or being in the picture. Originally it looked as if it was going to be something short term/temporary basis but given that his parents seem to care about other things more than him itís going to be long term (sry a little vent their canít believe they would to that to him). My question comes about because myself and my fiancťe do not have any children of our own, and when everything was expected to be a short term basis our opinion was to just keep the fire arms locked up and keep him sheltered from them it was his parents place to make the decision on how they wanted him to be raised in relation to weapons and things of that nature. Now that he is going to be with us for long term and in all reality we are now his parents on a daily basis our opinion has changed and we feel that we should introduce him to them and make him aware of them and start to instill gun safety in him. However we donít know when to start. Iíve had a few different opinions thrown out to me going in both directions. Someone told me to get him a pellet gun and let him shoot that and learn safety using that and start now. Others have told me use the pellet gun but wait a little longer till his attention span is greater and he will be able to comprehend and retain things better, maybe as late as 5 years old and still keep him fully sheltered at this age level. Iíve also been told at this point and time just teach him never to touch a gun and some basic safety and donít let him start shooting till heís a little older.
So i guess the questions really are, Is 3 years old two young?? Should we wait a little bit?? Should we have already started?? Should we just be doing a few basic things with him now and more later??
Please give me your honest opinions and personal experiences if you donít mind. I would really like to know what everyone thinks and help me form a better opinion of my own. We both really want to do whats best for him but could really use some guidance on this one. Thanks everyone for the info.