GUN I really need to move to Tx

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  1. TL1000RSquid

    TL1000RSquid ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ

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    This would never fly in Newsday :hs:


    Making room for young guns

    With an emphasis on safety, firearms shop offers kids' area

    11:08 AM CDT on Saturday, August 12, 2006

    By KARIN SHAW ANDERSON / The Dallas Morning News

    You're never too young for a gun, says Beverly Melton.

    Photos by MELANIE BURFORD/DMN
    Tara Talley, 11, of Garland shows off a 20-gauge shotgun at B&S Guns in Garland. The store's Kids Corner offers smaller rifles and shotguns. 'These are the guns that teach them how to handle a gun,' said co-owner Steve Melton.

    "A lot of guys come in and want to buy a Crickett as soon as they find out their wives are pregnant," she said, showing off small-caliber rifles in the "Kids Corner" of the Garland gun shop she owns with her husband, Steve.

    Flanked by bandanna-print curtains with displays set against faux-weathered paneling, the Western-themed nook is designed to appeal to bored youngsters tagging along with parents.

    Baskets filled with pompoms and foam footballs rest on the floor. Decorative touches, including sheriff-style gold stars, sparkle on the walls.

    But it's the firepower that catches the eye.

    Buyers have a range of choices, including a hot pink .22 rifle if it's a baby girl, or a 20-gauge shotgun for an older child.

    Despite the overt marketing, the Meltons say their goal isn't to put a powerful weapon in the hands of every child.

    "You can't emphasize safety enough with a gun," Mr. Melton said. "They're dangerous. They're guns!"

    Handguns generally are not made for children. Rifles and shotguns designed for the youngest shooters must be purchased by parents and hold only one round at a time.

    "These are the guns that teach them how to handle a gun," Mr. Melton said.

    Education, including proper handling, is the key to firearm safety, said Jim Kessler, a board member of Americans for Gun Safety.

    "Owning a gun is a right, and along with rights come responsibilities," he said.

    Mr. Kessler said his organization doesn't disagree with the concept of a gun department for children.
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    "Our feeling is that as long as a parent is involved, we have no problem with that," he said.

    A spokesman for the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence said his organization had no comment because the topic was outside its primary focus.

    With proper training and extreme emphasis on safety, handling a gun shouldn't be considered that different from handling a fishing pole, said Jason Meek, a director with The Hunter's Dream. The organization matches mentors with children who would not otherwise have an opportunity to hunt.

    "It's an education," Mr. Meek said. "Some of the best times I ever had growing up were sitting around a campfire. ... A good mentor can pass along the whole education and safety side of it."

    Though the Kids Corner has been part of the Meltons' gun store only about a month, youth guns have always been available in the store and can be purchased in many others.

    "The kids' guns were just scattered around in different sections before," said Krystle Dodson, the Meltons' daughter, who helped design the Kids Corner as part of a recent store makeover.

    Ms. Dodson, 22, grew up hunting but eventually gave it up.

    "I never killed anything," she said.

    Her father said it's important for gun dealers to reach out to younger folks. "They're the up-and-coming hunters," he said.

    Reid Durbin agreed. The owner of Ray's Sporting Goods in Dallas said he knew of no other stores with children's gun areas, "but I think it's a good idea. This industry doesn't really market itself to kids the way it should."

    A table tucked into the Garland store's youth section holds an array of safety brochures published by the National Rifle Association. Next to them sits a framed photo of Laryssa Bonacquisti of Rockwall, a frequent beauty pageant winner, budding entertainer and avid hunter. In the snapshot, the girl squats to hold up the head of a doe she has taken down with a .243-caliber single-action rifle her dad bought for her at the store.

    "Shooting sports and hunting are big parts of our lives," Gary Bonacquisti said in a letter submitted for this story. "It provides an excellent opportunity for us to spend time with our children outside while teaching them respect for nature and wildlife management.

    "How many fathers can say they got to spend eight hours one weekend sitting in a deer stand, in beautiful surroundings, talking to their daughters?"

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  2. BigBadJohn

    BigBadJohn Pay-back time OT Supporter

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    Pure genius.

    I was lucky that my dad exposed me to guns at early enough of an age that I know they arent toys and should never be treated like them.
    Need some way of getting parents more involved with their children and gun safety earlier in life.
     
  3. Iceburn

    Iceburn Made in the USA

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    I did just the opposite. I got my dad into guns. My mom on the other hand doesnt want anything to do with them and has never fired one.
     
  4. Gimik

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    haha. I bought my daughter a crickett. I posted it in OT - that was a fun thread.

    She keeps her best target on the wall of her bedroom.
     
  5. Aequitas

    Aequitas If it keeps on raining, levee's going to break.

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    In for the pic of the beuty pageant winner.

    *Edit* Googled her and realized she's like 8, I retract my previous statement. :o
     
  6. Artyboy

    Artyboy Necessity is the excuse for every infringement of

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    :rofl: I was gonna say the same thing :rofl:
     
  7. Razardica

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    On these grounds alone, I resubmit that statement :nx:
     
  8. Y2kAccord

    Y2kAccord Everything happens for reasons I just dont know

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    TX > 49 others
     
  9. lotsofhp

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    Wouldn't matter cause he has a gun :rofl:
     

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