I will start off by saying that I am a HUGE advocate of teaching kids about the use of firearms instead of sheltering them from them. I start all of my kids training at an early age (around 4 years old) to use firearms. I start them with pellet guns and move them up as I think they are capable/willing. It has worked out very well for me! My 13 year old son is safer with firearms than many adults that I know. I have also seen this practice going from a main stream practice that many families did when I was a kid to a practice that "only irresponsible people would do". There are a few benefits to this: 1. The more they know, the less I have to worry. 2. If we came to a SHTF situation, my whole family could help with meat gathering/protection. 3. It gives my whole family a hobby to do together. 4. If my kids friends see my child being responsible and enjoying the hobby, it may change their minds and make more gun friendly people in the world. Since this seems to be a "firearms friendly forum", LOL, is there anyone on here that disagrees with this in this day and age?