In my home we have a great respect for firearms and their appropriate uses. We participate in local 4H and Boy Scout programs that have shooting sports available. As a rule in our home we have spoken with our boys about the guns. They have shot them and have cleaned them. One of my boys feels uncomfortable with guns and that is ok us. We do not make him participate in our family shoots but he does have family training around the guns. I think it has been helpful for our boys to know (who are now 11 & 13) that we want to know from them if they ever see a gun out when it shouldn't be like at school, playground, or even at a friends home. We never show off our guns or casually play with them and only get them out when we are shooting. Each member of the family has completed a hunter safety course. Too often children are exposed to guns in a fictitious way mostly in video games. First person shooter games give the player no accountability one the trigger is pulled. Games are played with no though of what is beyond the target or even what the target actually is. It has been my experience that shooting sports with actual and appropriate firearms teach kids accountability for their firearm actions. I feel terrible for the victims associated with shootings. Anyone can pull a trigger and point a gun but not everyone understands the responsibility and accountability associated with it.
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