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    Gun safety classes hope to lower number of kids shot

    Gun safety classes hope to lower number of kids shot | Newshub

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    Gun safety classes are being offered to children in the United States. Credits: CBS

    In the United States last year a child died in an accidental shooting every other day, many of whom shot themselves or were killed by another child.

    Classes are now being offered to teach kids about gun safety.

    A class called First Shots is designed for children as young as eight. The goal of the two-hour lesson is to teach safety while still satisfying young curiosity about firearms.

    Gun owner Paul Risen took his son Brody to learn how to load and fire a .22 calibre handgun.

    "I think the younger you are, the more you're comfortable with it around them, the better they are able to handle them," Mr Risen told CBS.

    Less confident in gun safety lessons are Julvonnia and Byron McDowell. Their 14-year-old son JaJuan was fatally shot by his younger cousin in 2016, who got his hands on an unsecured handgun he thought was unloaded.

    "Even if they go through safety classes, that's not going to prevent them from saying, 'Look what I can do', and just that quick, life can change," Ms McDowell said.

    Psychologist Sherry Hamby studies the impact of guns on children. She told CBS that most children don't have the impulse control and maturity to safely handle a firearm until they're much older.

    "Impulse control and maturity and cognitive capacity are all somewhat different things. The more we know about brain development, the more you would really have to say mid- 20s," Ms Hamby said.

    Gun control continues to be a controversial issue in the US. In 2017, the country suffered a mass shooting - the death of four or more people - almost every day.

    In October 2017, a gunman killed 58 people in Las Vegas, the deadliest shooting in American history.

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    Whilst the effort to educate kids is applaudable, the media just cannot stray from their narrative.

    Quote Originally Posted by Newshub / CBS View Post

    Gun control continues to be a controversial issue in the US. In 2017, the country suffered a mass shooting - the death of four or more people - almost every day.
    Every day? I wonder where they get this statistic from? I'd almost bet that if true, they're in places like Chicago or Baltimore etc.

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    In October 2017, a gunman killed 58 people in Las Vegas, the deadliest shooting in American history.
    Modern American history. Wounded Knee 1890 was the worst but does not quite fit the narrative so is almost always overlooked.

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    something like that here would be good. maybe over a few weekends teaching safety and safe use starting with air rifles then moving up to 22 then with a passing grade using a centre fire rifle all on a range.get the police and mountain safety involved as well as gun clubs.i would like to see a good safe rifle range near every decent sized town that was multi purpose ie shotgun ,pistol and rifle with minimum 300m range.if we teach kids how to be safe and show them the power and consequences of misuse ,also it takes away a lot of the curiousness and hopefully stop kids sneaking guns out to have a play and preventing accidents through not knowing how to be safe.wont stop all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by systolic View Post
    Psychologist Sherry Hamby studies the impact of guns on children. She told CBS that most children don't have the impulse control and maturity to safely handle a firearm until they're much older.
    "Impulse control and maturity and cognitive capacity are all somewhat different things. The more we know about brain development, the more you would really have to say mid- 20s," Ms Hamby said.
    Sure kids have less impulse control than adults, but ... so ... don't teach and train them?!? Whaaat? O-:>
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    as a young fella, got brought to nz by parents and grandparents (mothers side) who believed enoch was right. (ok now the non political stuff)
    we lived in a forestry village, we walked to school across farmland, got home and then we would break out airguns for a bit of target fun, later on we would walk into the forest and shoot possums.
    sometimes we were allowed to take air rifles to school, there was allot of competition to who would be the best target shooter for the week, then walk home with the airguns.
    as was the 70's there were fights at school ! trust me i got beaten the crap out of several occasions, but sometimes the bully got the shock of his life and was left embarrassed and bleeding.
    at no stage did i ever use a weapon, ever threaten to use a weapon or tell my friends "i'm gonna shoot that bastard"
    at possum shooting time, both of us would be armed but with respect for what firearms/air guns could do. there was never ever an issue.
    I believe every child in nz should be taught firearms safety, even if they dont take up the sport its vital that they understand not to play with them, leave unsafe stored ones alone etc. and most of all treat it as a tool not a toy.

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    @gonetropo. He was right wasn't he.

    Ok. That's all.
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    This training of kids is cool and all, but they still give fucktards like Andrew Hore back his license after repeat offences. They are ignoring the ape in the paddock as it were
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pengy View Post
    @gonetropo. He was right wasn't he.
    Ok. That's all.
    He would take no pleasure at all at being now proven right. He spoke out to prevent just that.
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    Took a few seconds to connect Powell to those comments.

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    Some training maybe required, going by some of our customers,
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    My 11 year old can shoot the shotgun, the AR, the pistol, can load them all and make them all safe. He likes shooting but doesn't really show any interest in the guns themselves.

    If I had to guess it's because of the exposure he has to them. No fascination with them as guns themselves.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MaW View Post
    My 11 year old can shoot the shotgun, the AR, the pistol, can load them all and make them all safe. He likes shooting but doesn't really show any interest in the guns themselves.

    If I had to guess it's because of the exposure he has to them. No fascination with them as guns themselves.
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    You seem to have got it across to him that it's not manly to be unsafe. Pat yourself on your back.
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    He's probably not going to end up being a shooter then I would say.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Carlsen Highway View Post
    He's probably not going to end up being a shooter then I would say.
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    LOL. No, he won't be a shooter with his gun on 'safe'. Or did you mean to say something silly?
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    I think I meant that if he is not interested in firearms themselves as a boy, he will probably not be a passionate shooter as an adult.
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