I'm not really offended by parents making this choice for their kids and it's within our constitutional right but for me??
I don't think any child needs
to handle a deadly weapon...just too much...we are way too lax about the power of guns. I know how to use one now and I feel such a chill holding it. kids can't drive, drink alcohol, wipe their own asses without leaving skidmarks, but we expect them to act responsibly with a weapon? children should be educated on the dangers and proper uses of weapons, but does that mean they have to be trained to shoot one at the same time? I think not...the lesson should be deterrence, especially if they find mommy or daddy's gun. millions of adults go their entire lives without ever having to touch a gun or come in contact with one, so do we really want to live in the kind of society where we're teaching kids to kill fresh out the womb? I don't know why they can't just start being hands on with the gun at 18, instead of 8.