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Pellet gun death in Maryland
« on: September 08, 2018, 12:25:34 PM »
https://patch.com/maryland/essex/teen-killed-pellet-gun-near-middle-river

Pellet guns are not toys! And where were the parents when the incident happened?


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Re: Pellet gun death in Maryland
« Reply #1 on: September 08, 2018, 04:57:55 PM »
And where were the parents when the incident happened?
Well I can't speak for other people's parenting styles... but by the time my daughter was 15 (the age of the kids involved in this tragic incident) she was mostly independent. My son's 12, and he's already becoming fairly independent, sometimes telling me about places he's been within a mile of our house when I'd had no idea he had even gone out. Seems to me that parenting is primarily an exercise in helping your offspring develop enough sense that they don't go shooting each other, standing in front of targets, doing trick shots, or mishandling firearms, whatever it was these kids were up to which resulted in one of them getting a pellet stuck into him. If a 15 year old hasn't learned safe gun handling and use they have no business having access to these weapons, air or firearm both. But what kind of parent skips over such basic safety protocols?

I had a cat for 18 years which never came close to getting squished by a car, though we live in the city and she was an outside cat. Died of old age. How? Because I taught her at about 2 to 3 months' age to be desperately afraid of cars. Simple stuff to communicate, even between species, if you give it just a little thought and effort. Teaching a child basics of safety is so much easier, what with shared language and all... Heck, when I was 15, if my mother and father had been looking over my shoulder when I went out shooting airguns they'd never have had time for work! I shot a lot. Never another kid though. And none of my friends shot each other either. We learned early, by age 7 or 8, how to safely load, aim and shoot a weapon. Our fathers simply thought of that as basic education.
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