June 7th, 2012 12:38 AM
Good - Gun Ranges Host Kid Birthday Parties, Causes Major Outcry from Upset Parents
Posted: Jun 06, 2012 6:26 PM PDT
Updated: Jun 06, 2012 8:36 PM PDT
KYTX - East Texas News
EAST TEXAS (KYTX) -- A Texas gun range that plans to host birthday parties for children as young as 8 is getting national attention. It's also causing a major outcry from some upset parents.
"I've shot firearms since I was probably four."
And they're starting their children young too. The Moores just celebrated their 8 year old's birthday here at Lone Star Gun Range with six of their son's budding marksmen buddies.
"It's another tool they have to make them strive in whatever they want to do."
Sandy Billingsley has owned this gun range for more than five years. She says she hosts birthdays for young shooters regularly.
"They're not allowed to just run around like it's a party," she said.
Some Central Texans say they just can't understand why parents would want their young children to handle live firearms.
My comments: 1) I think these are responsible parents who understand, as mine did, that teaching safety and use, at the youngest age leads to responsibility and thinking later in life, 2) Come On, this is in TEXAS. I thought every Red Bloded Texan (mind a few from Austin where I know some Progressivly Bent Wack Jobs - business relationships, not friends) were 1 million % of individual freedom and self reliance (meaning teaching the young'ins early on firearms).
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June 7th, 2012 07:14 AM
For older kids, those five or older, that are supervised, I don't see an issue. Understanding firearms, and to be taught to respect them at an early age makes it so those kids will grow up as part of the gun club that will most likely never hurt anyone with a firearm. Understanding the tool, and respecting what it can do makes all the difference in the world.
Some people just need to stop worrying about things that don't affect them.
June 7th, 2012 07:32 AM
Where are the people who believe in education. Oh just not that kind . I think it is Great.
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June 7th, 2012 08:04 AM
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June 7th, 2012 08:21 AM
I missed the part where it said every child was required to attend these parties by rule of law, or else.
Causes Major Outcry from Upset Parents
June 7th, 2012 08:26 AM
Eye catching headlines they seek.
Any reasonable person that has all the info would not have a problem.
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June 7th, 2012 10:50 AM
Future generations of shooters, and future generations of antis are being created. Im glad to see parents getting there kids involved in the shooting sports....
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June 7th, 2012 01:12 PM
I would say it is probably safer than Chuck E' Cheese's where kids could get lost, catch nasty sicknesses from the gross toys, or could be kidnapped. I love the idea, well supervised location, teach responsibility and safety, probably a lot cheaper than any other party location you could rent out (as long as they are only shooting .22s).
June 7th, 2012 01:34 PM
I thought I started a post about this earlier, maybe I put it in the wrong spot. Oh well...Either way I think this is fantastic and would love to host something like this for my son's 9th birthday in about a years time if I could find a place that would do it.
June 7th, 2012 06:17 PM
The outcrying ones that denounce the introduction of firearms to our young children certainly don't fit in the Texas lifestyle.
June 7th, 2012 06:27 PM
My kind of range.
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June 7th, 2012 09:33 PM
Texas. 'Major outcry' on supervised, fun introduction of kids to firearms. Strange there'd be any ruckus at all, what with it being Texas.
Seems like a wonderful idea. Win/win, from the perspective of entertaining the kids and that there can be safe, sane and fun things to do with firearms.
I'm surprised that many parents are dishing up a "major outcry." After all, a parent is the one who is charged with providing/withholding permission to attend such a thing in the first place. It's not as though little Johnnie's going to be hauled off against the parents' will to attend a 'party' at the range.
Can't imagine a better way to introduce kids. At a formal range setting, there's every opportunity for heavy numbers of range-knowledgeable folks (range officers, even if temporarily brought into service for the event), close one-on-one instruction for every kid who's not already familiar with things. For the average kid, I'd think this is a far better choice for a first-timer than, say, heading on a hunting trip and being surprised to see Bambi get downed.
I would love to have had such an intro, as a kid. Mine was at 10yrs of age out in the fields with cousins who laughingly showed me the 'joys' of a double-barrel 10ga shotgun. Nailed the coffee can, I'm happy to say, but the spinning can was the last thing I saw as my feet left the ground and spun up in front of my line of sight. My shoulder was sore for days. Cousins. Bless their little hearts.
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June 7th, 2012 10:07 PM
My kids have been range certified from age 4. We have always made it a point to take who ever wanted to go
June 7th, 2012 11:54 PM
Kid's birthday party at the range? I love it!
June 8th, 2012 12:48 AM
Shoot the tail off the donkey is loads better that the old pin the tail game. I think the kids will enjoy it way more!!!
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