Wow... I don't know what to say?
Has this boy ever shot a gun before? Has he ever had any gun safety training?
How many kids in this country receive their 1st .22 rifle at his age without shooting mom in the head?
However, guns are certainly not an appropriate gift for many children, depending on many factors. Maturity, prior exposure to weapons and level of training, etc. But for some kids at his age, yes... with rules, conditions, supervision and many other factors.
There's a lot missing to this story! Wow.