My cousin has a four year old little boy that is spoiled beyond words. He is an only child and my uncle and aunt’s only grandchild. This four year old has two bedrooms. One for his toys and one for him to sleep in. Don’t get me wrong, if you’ve got the money to spoil your child, then go right ahead. I was spoiled myself. Okay, I still am, but that’s beside the point.
Anyways, a couple of months ago, my cousin bought his four year old son a BB gun and a hunting bow for children. I get that hunting can be a bonding experience for father and son, but how young is too young to be handling weapons?
Sure the BB gun wouldn’t kill anyone, but should a four year old have one? I don’t have any children, so I guess I really don’t know, but in my mind, a four year old isn’t capable of knowing the safety hazards of shooting a gun or a bow for that matter.
I’m positive the gun and bow are locked up safely, but what if the child stumbles upon a larger gun someday? Like at someone else's house? Or if his father is getting ready to go hunting and has rested the gun against something? What if he picks the gun up and shoots it because he knows how to use it?
I don’t like the whole concept of hunting either. Unless you are starving, of course, but even then I don’t think I could kill an animal. That’s not to say that hunters are wrong for doing it, because frankly, I don’t want to be overrun by deer either, but I just don’t like knowing that animals are being shot. So maybe I’m angry that he is already teaching his four year old how to kill animals?
But I’m pretty sure it’s because I don’t think children should be taught how to use guns if they aren’t capable of sitting through a gun safety course and taking an exam to show their understanding.
What are you opinions on this? There is no right or wrong answer here, I just want to know if I’m alone in my thinking.