Help with convincing Hubby? Rifle for 10 year old?
So, after I posted the pics of my son getting his "small-bore certification" at the range, two things happened.
1) Bunny Jr. wants a rifle of his very own so he can come to the range with Mom. Also mentioned maybe getting into some competitive shooting.
2) Yankee husband suddenly dug his heels in and said "NO GUNS FOR MY BOY!"
Actually, there were many words. Some included were "redneck," "gun-nut," etc. Let me clarify that after 11 years of marriage, he was actually SHOCKED when I bought a pick-up truck last Spring. Poor guy. I guess where he's from (bad part of an area in NJ), people don't randomly wave at you, or strike up a conversation unless you're about to get mugged. He's a little out of his element here in the South.
Anyhow, our son is upset now. He wants his own rifle, and personally, I think he should have one. OBVIOUSLY it would be kept in a safe, unloaded, unless we were heading to the range, and the kid's had safety drilled into his head ad-nauseum. And I still plan on continuing to do so.
So, how to get my husband to see the light?
I was thinking of getting him to come to the range with us and watch the kid with his instructors . Maybe when he sees how safe it is, and how much fun our boy is having, he'll change his mind? He bought me a gun for my birthday, and a bunch of accessories for our anniversary/Mother's Day, so there's hope for him yet, right? How do I make him see that buying our son a rifle won't turn him into some "crazy redneck extremist gun-nut," exactly?