Obviously, it depends on the topic. Today the subject is guns and shooting. It’s been the prevalent topic for fun and entertainment for the last several weeks anyway.
First, it is a serious endeavor, not to be trivialized. Second, it is in serious jeopardy in this nation that assures that such shall not be infringed. Personally, I feel most of the anti comes from lack of familiarity, and/or exposure.
My goal, for several years, has been to do what I can to reduce that deficiency. Young people not raised in an environment favorable have only the media and others who are also ignorant to teach and educate them on this topic.
Hunter Education has brought me into contact with many teenagers that have NEVER touched a gun before. This is appalling to me, but a clean slate doesn’t require erasing bad habits.
I was raised on a farm so the opportunity was there. My Dad, a WW two vet of five years, had spent time as an instructor in the army,and wanted to share his skills with his son. My earliest recollection of this is that the recoil of his new .22 caliber semi-auto rifle caused a second or occasionally third discharge. This was overcome on the first shooting lesson but the point is, I was young. My first born now has ownership and possession of that weapon. Thanks,Grandpa. This boy started with a .410 at about twelve. I still remember his face when he shredded his first tin can. By the way, reactive targets are so much more encouraging for young shooters.
His little sister was shooting handguns before first grade, made holes in what she meant to make holes in and could tell if it was loaded or not by the difference in weight when she picked it up. Someone gave her a 9MM for a wedding present. She has been giving me grandchildren, with number three due about Independence Day, 2011. We were at the local range with her oldest telling me “I’m not two any more”. We were there just long enough that day to cover safety rules, equipment, and etiquette before setting him up with an airsoft pistol with paint ball ammo. Three rounds, three blue splats on paper, one great big grin on him, one on me, and he was done. We packed up and left. He would rather go to church.
We would never agree on a perfect age to be introduced to guns. I know it will vary from person to person. I know my three year old grandson is still to young. Like many much older people , He doesn’t have the capacity to understand the ramifications of misuse of this tool group. The man who thinks it’s funny to let his lady smack herself in the face with the barrel of his .44 is an example. New shooters need encouragement, not ridicule.