It’s being marketed to PARENTS for their children to use.
Do not conflate a 6 years stealing their parent’s gun and shooting their teacher with people teaching their kids to shoot a rifle at a range.
It isn’t reductive at all. IF you’re in that camp, and there certainly many people in that camp., I have nothing to defend my position. You think all guns are bad, ok then. I acknowledge your position and bid you good day.
If you ARE NOT in that camp, then I can have a discussion and gave my reasons.
And why exactly? There is nothing wrong with teaching children to properly use firearms. It can be an extremely rewarding experience teaching kids responsibility and confidence building as they “hit the bullseye” or break a clay pigeon.
I am not advocating for unfettered access. There is nothing wrong with supervised use.
Uh - we do have age restrictions on guns. You can’t buy a gun as a minor, just like you can’t get into an R rated movie. A parent can decide to allow their child to use a firearm, just like they can take them to an R rated movie. Or back in my day, your parent could allow their kid to rent an R rated movie from the local video store with out explicit permission.
You’re absolutely right that child resistant doesn’t equal child proof. It is an excellent feature to make safe at the range and in transport. When at home you make it redundant with a second lock or safe storage.
Look - I can’t defend every comment today.
If you don’t ever go shooting the ONLY TIME you hear about guns is when bad things happen in the news. The only statistics kept and widely shared are when bad things happen. I am sure it is hard to think of guns being used for anything other than to kill people.
I am sure this is partly due to the rural/small town/suburban divide, but let me tell you that kids learning to shoot at a young age is a common thing across this nation. It is done safely and responsibly. Some of them end up taking it or leaving it, like my one nephew. And some really enjoy it and go on to join their HS trap team or go hunting like my other nephew.
And of course I am acknowledging there are irresponsible parents letting their kids handle dangerous things irresponsibly. That is bad, and they should do better (like that recent post about the cool kid on the motor bike with no helmet we were supposed to live vicariously through.) Or not controlling their own dangerous items like firearms and their kids get into it. I am all for condemning that behavior.
This tool would actually help in safely teaching kids to shoot in a supervised setting. “Make guns safer” is one of the lobbyist’s demands, and this gun arguably does that.