This is a discussion on My 3 Year Old and Guns within the Basic Gun Handling & Safety forums, part of the General Firearm Discussion category; Originally Posted by bladenbullet it took my daughter until she was 9 to even want to be in the same room as any of my ...
Gun Control: The theory that a woman found dead in an alley, raped and strangled with her panty hose, is somehow morally superior to a woman explaining to police how her attacker got that fatal bullet wound.
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Firearms are merely tools. But, any tool can be dangerous if mishandled. He'll soon see them disassembled and then put back together. He'll see there is little magic. He'll see that everything depends on his safe and competent handling of them, when he's around them. He seems well on his way to understanding it all. Congratulations!
OP: As a parent of four teens and post-teens I'd just like to give you a head's up to not get complacent. What you're doing and how your kid responded sound great (keep it up), but my experience is that the choices kids make will change over time, and depending upon who's looking and how they're feeling, etc. No matter how many times you reinforce their training, and no matter how many times they repeat the mantras you've taught them or they pass your tests don't be surprised if (while you're not around, or just when they've reached some cognitive or developmental or social milestone) they inexplicably flip flop and stop acting the way you taught them.
So again: sounds like you and the kid are doing great, and keep it up, but file this note away for the future and in the interim never let your guard down (e.g. religiously keep your guns locked up, etc.).
Good luck in the continuing and mysterious process of parenting :-)
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Sounds like you guys are doing a great job with your little ones. I have a 22 month old daughter and really just assumed that was too young to start teaching her anything about firearms. Perhaps we should reconsider. :)
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