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Children and Guns Nymphadora 98 kids; Arizona 3120 posts
15th Mar '13

How does this picture make you feel?
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Someone on FB posted this in defense of allowing guns in schools to "prevent disasters like Sandy Hook" because apparently, if everyone was armed and was trained to shoot, that would somehow prevent school shootings (in my opinion, it would just make them easier to commit). Someone actually said that children should be allowed to carry guns to protect themselves...



Thoughts?

SR ♥ 1 child; V, AR, United States 7869 posts
15th Mar '13

Kids do not have the mental capacity to be aware of when and where guns are appropriate. Not all of them grasp the concept that when you die, you die.



My nephew is almost 6 and my sister&brother in law took him out shooting with them..and allowed him to "shoot" a gun with the help of his father. Yet...My nephew played call of duty and watches Walking Dead. All he thinks is what FUN guns are, not how dangerous they are. I threw a fit when I heard.

user banned Vancouver, British Columbia 5643 posts
15th Mar '13

This angers me. Most children can not fully grasp the concept of someone dying and do not realize that they will end someone's life. Children should be kept far away from guns.

☠Jenniefahhh 1 child; Djibouti 70787 posts
15th Mar '13

It's a picture. I don't see anything wrong with the picture.



I don't think kids should be allowed to carry their own weapons though. That's asking for a disasters.

Donna Jo Tanner 1 child; Beach Haven, New Jersey 6440 posts
15th Mar '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Nathaniel'sMom:</b>" This angers me. Most children can not fully grasp the concept of someone dying and do not realize that they will end someone's life. Children should be kept far away from guns."</blockquote>




:!: I'm pro gun and it still would make no sense to give them to children. I do think teachers and such should carry like in out her countries but a big HELL NO to kids.

Severus Snape 2 kids; Tennessee 3550 posts
15th Mar '13

This disturbs me. I understand licensed and trained adults wanting guns to protect schools but children should definitely not be holding one.

user banned Due November 26; 1 child; Parkersburg, West Virginia 9548 posts
15th Mar '13

i think its ok for children to have a gun( not in school) if they know saftey and are mature about it. an 11 year old shot and killed two burglers that had stabbed another man to death

Severus Snape 2 kids; Tennessee 3550 posts
15th Mar '13
Quoting I love Kenzi:" i think its ok for children to have a gun( not in school) if they know saftey and are mature about it. an 11 year old shot and killed two burglers that had stabbed another man to death"


I personally call that luck. Awesome for that 11 year old but I don't see it as an excuse to hand kids a gun. They cannot fully understand the consequences of their actions no matter how mature they are. Just my opinion though.

user banned Lesbos, Greece 95211 posts
15th Mar '13

"In news today, every student in Florida was suspended from school for living in a state that looks like a gun."




Let's give impuslive, bratty kids the means to end every playground argument with death.



If you think crazy people shouldn't have guns...f**k, have you seen two pissed off 7 year old girls?

user banned Vancouver, British Columbia 5643 posts
15th Mar '13

Also I would like to add: do they not have any idea how many kids would probably turn around and shoot themselves or each other because of "bullying"?

Stfu Squirrel District of Columbia 8554 posts
15th Mar '13

To me, it's no worse than adults in the same poses.



I think it looks stupid no matter how old the person is. I know that's not a popular opinion around here. I'm not too bothered by that. I detest guns.

user banned Vancouver, British Columbia 5643 posts
15th Mar '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting SAFFY

Always♥Faithful 2 kids; CHERRY POINT, North Carolina 21664 posts
15th Mar '13

I had a .22 rifle at probably around the same age as the girl on the right. It was locked away with all of the other guns in the house and only used it in the presence of an adult.



The picture doesn't anger me. It's more of a "wow, really?"

Noneya Business Due August 29; 1 child; Pennsylvania 11758 posts
15th Mar '13

I like the idea of having responsible, well gun trained adults carrying guns in schools but never children. That'd just be so dumb to let kids carry them where ever they want. I can see kids hunting, I think in PA it's either 13 or 14. But never at school or just in public.



ETA: The picture doesn't really bother me. I bet the parents made sure that the guns didn't have any ammo in it.

White Chocolate Milk 1 child; Chelsea, Alabama 12303 posts
15th Mar '13

I've been around guns all my life and had my own little rifle starting at 11. It was always locked in a safe, in a case with a combo lock on it and was only ever used in the presence of my dad at a professional shooting range. I'm pro gun but I wouldn't never want kids to be running around with guns. There are way to many accidents that could and would happen. Proper training with guns is fine by me, but under heavy watched supervision.