Here are my recent posts from only the last week or so relating to children and guns:
- VIDEO: Boy, 16, fired gun, then killed by cops: “He was bipolar, depressed.” So why did he have access to a weapon?
- Five-year-old boy shot and killed his two-year-old sister with his favorite birthday present ever – a rifle
A ThinkProgress review of the NRA children’s magazine, InSights, found another piece of disturbing advice: kids should build target ranges inside their homes. The article, “BB, It’s Cold Outside,” ran in the January 2013 edition of InSights.
It sure did:
Okay, that's not disturbing at all.
Who can resist a sweet little cherub with a rifle? Don'tcha just wanna pinch his cheeks? Well, yes, actually I do, he is adorable. But I'd rather pinch his parents' and the NRA's judgment... really, really hard:
While the article does tell kids to follow standard firing range safety rules and ask adult permission before setting up the indoor range, here are some other tips it offers:
– “Eliminate ricochet with a proper backstop. You have no idea how bouncy a tiny metal ball can be until you hear one whizzing by your head.”
– “There are plenty of indoor range setups you can find on the internet.”
– “You don’t want people opening a door or looking in a window to see a BB gun pointing at them.”
– “While you’re thinking of cool stuff to use as targets, also keep in mind how you’re going to set them up in your range. Hanging targets work great, by the way.”
– “When you’re trying to improve accuracy, BB guns are the best. If you have a habit of flinching when pulling the trigger, BB guns will help you work that out.”
Because, see, BB guns aren't really guns, they're just funsy practice playthings that shoot little bouncy balls. Bouncy balls that can maim or kill.
[The article] is addressed to children who are “shooting a real gun now” but can’t wait to practice until it’s warm enough outside to make firing one fun...
How many little ones would you trust to remember every safety tip, adhere to them, and shoot accurately? I have really good kids, but when they were very young, they simply couldn't be counted on to act as mini-adults. Not even my perfectly perfect twins.
No child is 100% responsible. Nor are 100% of adults, for that matter, as all these articles document. And little ones can't be expected to have the coordination and maturity to know which is more lethal, a BB gun or a real one.
Yet companies like Crickett and organizations like the NRA are more interested in sales than they are in saving lives.
Think Progress has more.