What Are You Teaching Your Children About Guns?

What are you teaching your children about guns? Do you know what your school is teaching your children about guns? Have you heard about the gun buy back at a California school?

A different-kind of gun buyback was held in Hayward on Saturday as some school children were given the chance to trade in their toy guns for a prize.

The buyback, held at Strobridge Elementary School, offered books to kids who turned in their fake weapons. Principal Charles Hill held the buyback as a lesson for children who may see guns as part of everyday life.

“As they get older, it becomes just a natural thing,” Hill told KPIX 5. “If they have a real gun in their hand, they’ll pull the trigger just as quick. I mean, they don’t fear it.”

Is it just me, or should the kids be taught to respect, (and yes, maybe fear a little) real guns instead of their toy guns? And don’t get me wrong, I love more books getting to kids. But, I think a child that is taught the difference between real guns and toy guns, and the serious consequences involved in picking up real guns, is much less likely to be pulling any triggers. I’m not sure getting a book in trade for a toy gun is going to have as profound and lasting effect as serious and intentional parenting will.

What are you teaching your kids about situations where the gun is in the other hand? Concealed carry means anyone at any time could be carrying lethal force. Are you teaching your children to deescalate situations? Are you teaching them the delicate art of diplomatic retreat? The other option would be to teach them to dodge bullets, I don’t see that strategy working out so well.

This last ones a bit more challenging, but I’m going to throw it out anyway. Are you teaching your children how to handle cops wtih guns?  Let’s face it, our bloated federal funding to militarized SWAT style units has created a lot of overly armed, aggressive bullies who have their funding tied to the number of drug arrests made. Most of the time, it doesn’t even matter if the suspects are guilty. SWAT teams burst through doors armed to the teeth, terrifying (and killing) children.  Even the tiniest mistake could be and has been fatal to innocent children. The broad redefining of “Terrorism” has netted more than a few children into serious trouble. Something as seemingly small as a comment on the Internet can bring cops out to arrest your child with guns drawn.

The comment was seen by a Canadian woman who alerted police, and ultimately resulted in a Comal County (TX) grand jury indicting him on a charge of third-degree felony terroristic threat. Bail was set at $500,000 – higher than bonds set for accused terrorists, rapists … Carter’s Facebook comment was in response to a fellow gamer questioning Carter’s mental health, and followed by “lol” (laugh out loud) and “jk,” (just kidding)..

Don’t leave this stuff for your kids to figure out on their own. Or with video games or youtube videos. Whatever your views on guns, start talking to your kids about the important things they have to know. If they’re old enough, train them on bullet wound care and first aid treatment for gun shot victims too.

What are YOU teaching your children about guns?

– Calamity Jane

11 comments… add one
  • Timmy July 18, 2013, 8:56 am

    I teach my kids the most responsible way to deal with guns: Don’t vote Democrat! We would not have these messes you just described with out them.

  • Denator July 18, 2013, 8:59 am

    Teach them everything you know about firearms, most kids are not dumb, teach safety, how they work and what they can do. Ignorance is no substitute for knowledge. Our Gov. here in Mo. just signed a law allowing our schools to teach the NRAs Eddie Eagle program to our kids. Even though he’s a Dem. and I don’t like most of his policies I give him credit for this one. Firearms are a fact of life here in America and hiding ones head in the sand is asking for trouble.

  • Ray July 18, 2013, 9:10 am

    I teach my six year old basic firearms safety for now. Marksmanship training comes later. As for the cops, The other day we watched “Star Wars” for the first time . As Darth Vader and the storm troopers came on my munchkin asked; Daddy why dose that swat team want to kill everybody? Don’t they know those are the good guys? She is picking this up in KINDERGARDEN! On her own!

  • The Road Warrior July 18, 2013, 12:19 pm

    I find it’s a balancing act; I want my 13-year-old son to be able to hunt and shoot safely, but kids being what they are and what they see on TV and movies being what it is, he thinks now that if someone “breaks in” he should have a key to the locked guns so he can shoot it out with them in a giant epic gun battle. So, trying to un-learn what Hollywood has tainted him with, and teaching him respect, appropriate usage, and safety is definitely a struggle, but it’s a battle that MUST be fought.

  • Elliot July 18, 2013, 2:00 pm

    I completely agree with Road Warrior – in some ways. kids will be kids and therefore you have to be careful how far you let them go with guns.

  • Jarhead Survivor July 18, 2013, 2:39 pm

    When I was learning to shoot in boot camp the instructors liked it better when the recruits had no previous exposure to firearms. They figured if we hadn’t done any shooting or handling of weapons then we hadn’t learned any bad habits.

  • T.R. July 18, 2013, 7:54 pm

    Communists must disarm a nation to be successful . We are turning into a nation of cowards . Guns are a tool , nothing more , nothing less . They need to be respected , they are not toys , but NOT feared . Auschwitz is one example of many that show those without guns being taken by those that that do . Beware the Liberal school system . They are in line with the enemies of the Constitution .

  • Irish-7 July 19, 2013, 2:51 pm

    I teach my kids safe handling of firearms, some marksmanship skills and that deadly force can only be used when deadly force is threatened. The liberal, anti-gun garbage is hard to counter! After all, the Left controls 90% of the communication in the United States: Schools/colleges/universities, newspapers/television and Hollywood.

  • Shootit July 19, 2013, 11:31 pm

    Our girls have handled guns since they were able to hold them and reloading with me since they could sit in my lap. Then it was on to Hunters Safety and @ 12 their first deer. 20+ deer later they still ask if they want to go shoot. Now they want their CC. Education from a early age is key. Love them…….

  • ThatguyinCA July 22, 2013, 2:12 pm

    The wee ones are a little to young for it. I have an older son (not by blood, but he’s no less mine than the others) and he has never shown an interest (if you can believe that). Regarding the cops. I tell him what I’ll tell the younger ones. Respect the badge. Be compliant. They have reasons for things you may not always be thinking about. I used this http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/15/cotati-police-brutality_n_3282868.html
    as an example. The cops definitely handled this wrong but so did the guy in question. He could have complied and they would have been on their merry way. But instead he chose to invoke his rights as he saw them and escalate the situation. The problem was: in a domestic violence call, the assumed victim must be removed from the situation to ensure that any answers are not coerced. It’s pretty standard procedure, seperate the assumed victim. There is too much liability for them not to. If they went away, they would have been open to a HUGE lawsuit if something terrible had happened later.

    So I use this example to teach my kid. It’s usually just better to comply and send them on their way. Don’t give them reason to escalate a situation. When you feel you have reasonably complied, tell them to arrest you or go away. If your rights are violated, that can be dealt with later. I also teach him to record the exchange.

    • Shootit July 22, 2013, 11:22 pm

      We instructed our girls on how to eat, potty, go to Church, respect your elders, and shoot. It is much easier when you catch them right out of the birth canal. Why do you think the corp. keeps trying to steal them from your arms?


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