Took my 10 year old grandson to the range for the first time last week. No one there but us and an instructor with new girlfriend. Instructor had a small arsenal and was showing her how to shoot. At one point he asked my grandson if he would like to try it. He was just watching and had never fired a gun before. Long story short, he learned the correct and safe way to handle a handgun. He got to fire an MP5 on full-auto and overall had a grand old time. I'm not sure what was bigger, that pile of brass or his eyes after firing that thing on auto. I'm not an instructor and too new to this to consider teaching him this, I really appreciated the help and interest Eric took. I sure enjoyed watching. Fast forward to yesterday. Grandson went to school was given assignment to write about something that scared him and what happened. He wrote about the great time he had with Grandpa and learning about guns. Was scared at first, due to noise, but learned how they worked, why they made noise and had a great time. Teacher took essay to principal, principal called his mom (my daughter) and had her come to school. Wouldn't give her the essay or let her read it (said he had to lock it up) but bascially told her what it said. He agreed it was well written and not aggressive in anyway. Said he was glad he enjoyed the day with Grandpa but school policy says even writing about guns was a no-no. Daughter called Grandpa and suggested he get time-out for making her go to principal office (for first time in her life). She wasn't mad about taking son to the range but she was sure po'd she had to go see the principal. So, lets see if I've got this right, the school has now made any and all info on guns taboo. Making the kids even more curious about them but not with adult supervision because they (the adults) will get after them for being interested. Gee, doesn't this sound like a great way for my grandson (or any kid) to learn about guns, safety, and responsibility. Bunch of dumb-a$$es if you ask me!