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While my 8 year old daughter and I shopped yesterday, I purchased some target 9mm rounds and was looking for pepper spray. She knows I have and carry guns, I have taught her gun safety, and taken her to the range to shoot at her request. She asked me what pepper spray was and I explained. She asked me about situations in which I would use pepper spray or a gun and I explained (I gave her some scenario examples and she gave me some too). As we walked through the store and concluded our conversation, she stopped and gave me a BIG HUG and said, "we sure are lucky to have you for a daddy that does all of this to protect us and keep us safe and take such good care of us!" I thought I was going to cry right there in the store (what a sight, a big burly man crying with a little girl latched onto him). She realizes and appreciates my efforts. Thanks guys for the advice and knowledge shared in this forum. It is being passed to the next generation.
 

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Nice!

Sounds like you got a great kid!
 

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What a wonderful story. Thanks for sharing that!
 

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Wow, that's good.. I'm doing this with my niece right now.. Who knows, she may carry one day for her own reasons/accords..
 

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BD,

That's the stuff that money can't buy.
Sounds like she is being raised right.
Congratulations.
 

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What a great thing, here at the family time that is our holidays. Congrats for having a well raised daughter.
 

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While my 8 year old daughter and I shopped yesterday, I purchased some target 9mm rounds and was looking for pepper spray. She knows I have and carry guns, I have taught her gun safety, and taken her to the range to shoot at her request. She asked me what pepper spray was and I explained. She asked me about situations in which I would use pepper spray or a gun and I explained (I gave her some scenario examples and she gave me some too). As we walked through the store and concluded our conversation, she stopped and gave me a BIG HUG and said, "we sure are lucky to have you for a daddy that does all of this to protect us and keep us safe and take such good care of us!" I thought I was going to cry right there in the store (what a sight, a big burly man crying with a little girl latched onto him). She realizes and appreciates my efforts. Thanks guys for the advice and knowledge shared in this forum. It is being passed to the next generation.
I got teared up just reading it,,,,,, if that were me and my girls I would have been wiping my eyes man! My daughters often get to me with the insightful things they say. Your a lucky man.
My daughter does similar to me, she's turns eight next month. She's very intersted in shooting, however the wife has stood in the way of teaching her. The compromise is a red ryder BB gun under the tree this year, can't wait for her to open it!
 

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Great story!
Things like that make what we do, seems so right, even more so than our own feelings.
That is a special girl you have there, cherish her.:smile:
 

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Yeah, I have a 12 year old and she can put 9MM at center mass in a heartbeat. I always tell my anti-gun friends that it is ignorance that results in the child/gun tragedies we read about. Teach them and remove the "forbidden fruit" element and you are on the right track. Amazing how much joy a daughter can bring to a father, isn't it? Impossible to explain to someone who hasn't experienced it. Now if I can only skip that whole teenaged part....:gah:
 

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Yeah, I have a 12 year old and she can put 9MM at center mass in a heartbeat. I always tell my anti-gun friends that it is ignorance that results in the child/gun tragedies we read about. Teach them and remove the "forbidden fruit" element and you are on the right track. Amazing how much joy a daughter can bring to a father, isn't it? Impossible to explain to someone who hasn't experienced it. Now if I can only skip that whole teenaged part....:gah:
Mine too!
Now if you find the secret to that teenager part, please share!:yup:
 

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Thats wonderful. Its nice to hear your appreciated now and then and its kids like her that will keep our beliefs alive in the next generation. Congratulations on raising a wonderful child and thank you for being a responsible parent.
 

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My daughter does similar to me, she's turns eight next month. She's very intersted in shooting, however the wife has stood in the way of teaching her. The compromise is a red ryder BB gun under the tree this year, can't wait for her to open it!
My wife was pretty anti too, until her and a friend took the NRA First Steps class at our range (I had been pushing it and her friend wanted to go). She came home excited to show me her target and said that her friend's family may join so sometimes I may have to stay home with the kids so they can go shoot. I agree with the statements made here that it is usually ignorance that causes problems. With kids, that ignorance turns into curiosity and can be dangerous. With adults, that ignorance turns to unwarranted fear and can be even more dangerous.

BTW, my kids join me at the range and love it. My son is getting a Jr NRA membership this Christmas.
 

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That should make ANY daddy's heart warm up to the point that the pressure relief valves in his eyes lift, if you get my drift.

What a great Christmas present for a daddy to get. My kids all appreciate having a dad who protects them as well, though all four of them study martial arts with me too!
 

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Wow.

Your little girl has more intelligence than most adults.

Congratulations for raising a good kid!
 
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