Where do you stand on gun control? I personally think firearms are just fine. While they can be misused, if used correctly, they can be life savers.
I've been exposed to firearms since I was around 12. My dad purchased me an airsoft gun.
Some say these are toys, they kind of are, but they can also be a great training tool.
By teaching a child to treat every firearm as if it were loaded, even if they're sure it's not, is definitely a start.
You can further their education in firearms by taking them to gun shows. Most gun shows have training classes.
But, the best way to train a child, or anyone interested in shooting, is to first start with an airsoft/BB gun; and take 'em outback and have them shoot at a target.
Some things to remember:
You should never point a gun at anyone.
Before shooting, be sure of your target, and whats behind it. Often, projectiles can miss/go through your target and hit what's behind it. I.E. your neighbor, if you shoot in your backyard.
Treat every gun as if it were loaded. Much trouble can be prevented by simply keeping the muzzle away from anything you don't want to shoot. Which brings us to the next tip;
Don't point your gun at anything you don't want to shoot.
NEVER mix alcohol and guns!! Even if you've only had one beer, that beer still impairs your judgment!
So again, if you train someone well about shooting, and firearms safety, shooting can be a very relaxing and fun sport.
If we take guns away from our law-abiding citizens, that just means we can't fight back!
Sure, it will lower crime rates a bit, but if a bad guy really wants to get a hold of one, he certainly can.
Since then, I've purchased a Taurus 24/7 9MM pistol, which I take shooting frequently.
And so, in conclusion, I'd like to say, go buy a gun. When used properly, they're great stress relievers, and a very fun thing to do.
And so, I encourage you all to be safe, and have a great day!