This is a discussion on Parenting within the Concealed Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by purpledragon Absolutely, as long as I know the parents, kids, and know they are responsible. I do not let my kids go ...
Let's put the question a different way: Assuming the parents are responsible gun owners, why would you NOT want your child to be protected while out of your care?
Or, at least, that's the question most of us would ask.Parents who aren't comfortable with firearms would see it differently, naturally.
Life is about choices. One who chooses to attack without cause has also chosen to accept whatever defensive measures his target has readied. If this includes violence and death, so be it.
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That is a REQUIREMENT for my kids to go,.. No-guns, No-play dates,...
Ok, Ok,. . Not really, but it I've never worried about it, and it is always great when they say,.. "We need to go shooting together someday soon".. LOL Kids are always taking about it anyway,.
As long as the parents are responsible gun owners I see no problem with it.
I have a couple kids myself whom I haven't introduced to firearms yet but will in a few years. My initial response to the post was "why not?" but then I remembered some thoughts I had when I first purchased my gun (I'm a noob to handguns, grew up around small bore rifles though).
I'm not worried about how my kids are going to react around firearms. We've already had the talk and I can trust them (at least the older one for now) to keep away and tell an adult and he'll definitely tell on his little bro.
The thing I worry about is that other parents who may be gun owners but not advertising haven't gun proofed their kids. Especially when the kids get older like in the 8 to 16yo range. By that time my kids will have been shooting for several years, but other gun owners' kids may still have never even seen a gun depending on the type of parents they have. If they stumble upon them, will my kids have the stones to take control of the situation and make things right? I know it's my responsibility to make sure they will but still, you never know.
"I'm not fluent in the language of violence, but I know enough to get around in places where it's spoken."
And, I have made a point to educate my kids about firearms all along.
When each one turned 8 years old I gave them a pocket knife, and took them to the range for their birthday. At that time I took away the toy guns and said "From now on, they are real." (Never point a gun Toy or not, at anyone EVER again, unless you are a soldier or police man/woman.) I never encouraged them to get into paintball, or air soft, and they really don't want to either, because it means you have to point and shoot at others. (I personally think those "games" are crazy.)
Besides, we, my wife and me, know who our kids friends are, and their parents. (They're all good.)
My kids are older now, (12 to 18) and they know where the guns are and how to use them if they ever (God forbid) need them for self defense.
If there are guns in another house, at least my kids know how to handle the situation, and the guns for that matter. (They'd leave them alone.)
I think that raising kids with guns have been quite normal for hundreds of years. It is only in the last few years that it has gotten weird.
Just 2 more of my cents.
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It’s so much easier now days, to "Love and honor" my wife, when she is armed, and shoots a better group than I do. (Till death do us part, eh?)
“The way you get shot by a concealed weapons permit holder is, you point a gun at him,” the Sheriff said.
Yes, because I was at the grandparents house at an earlier time.
Well said by all. I'm with them.
Your other forum is populated with well-meaning, highly-motivated moms, who are trying to do the best parenting in the world. They started with some odd presuppositions, however, and these have led them to some odd conclusions. They are consistent with the presuppositions, of course, so these folks don't SEE the conclusions as odd, and thus will be highly refractory to any arguments you advance. Again, they mean well, but if the ladder is against the wrong wall, it is still against the wrong wall no matter how far they climb.
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If it was My Child over at someone house I would know the people before the Child would be left over there.
Being a parents forum that should already be a No Brainer for them...And should really No Brain the question.
Because if they then change their mind about trusting the other parents simply because they have a gun after they had trusted them completly otherwise?......Those would be the defective folks IMO
As for the no toy guns? I was and still am one of those people, I just could not stand to have even a toy pointed at me or see the kids pointing them at each other, It has been just recently that I began to realize my job as a parent included being able to defend our own lifes. So my kids know I have a real gun now and I trust that they would not touch it as it has been explained over all the years that they are but for one purpose. I also make certain they never have the opportunity to touch the one I have at present. And will do so until I feel they are ready to go to the range and learn.
And to who ever said it has been just the past few years that things have gotten crazy.....You sure got that part right.
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A Handgun Carry Permit is but a small piece of plastic, but it is a HUGE leap in personal and civic Responsibility!
I would have to trust someone before I let my kids (if I had any) go to their house. After I trust them, I would far and away prefer them to have guns.