"What about the four rules?"


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SemperFi83
March 7, 2003, 02:12 PM
Had to share this. My 6-year-old daughter told me at the dinner table the other night “Daddy you would be proud of me, I asked a question in the assembly today.” I asked her what she was talking about and she said they had a group of people in that day to teach about “safety stuff” like “Stop, Drop and Roll,” “Don’t talk to strangers,” “Don’t answer the door by yourself,”…

She said they also told the kids “Never, ever touch a gun.” So she raised her hand and asked “What if your Daddy has taught you the four rules of safe gun handling?”

I guess it sinks in, and glad I am raising kids that can think for themselves, even at 6.

Would pay a lot of money to have their reactions on film…

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Tamara
March 7, 2003, 02:15 PM
"Train up a child..." :cool:

Goodonya, SemperFi83! Your buttons must be a'poppin'! :D

Trisha
March 7, 2003, 02:17 PM
HUGS!

Absolutely wonderful!

BerettaNut92
March 7, 2003, 02:20 PM
Awwwwwwwwwww! She sounds like a good kid :)

spacemanspiff
March 7, 2003, 02:23 PM
a few months back my 7 yr old niece was horrified that my handgun only holds ten rounds.
zoe - "what?? thats not enough! what if there was a moose, a bear, another moose...?"
me - "and a bad guy who wanted to hurt one of you kids?"
zoe - "yeah, that too!"
me - "dont worry, ive got four spare magazines already loaded in my pocket, and an unopened box of ammo in my backpack."
zoe - "well, okay...i guess that will do. why are you laughing?"
me - "you just figured out how illogical sheeple lawmakers really are."
zoe - "i dont know what that means."
me - "its okay. you done good."
:D

Frohickey
March 7, 2003, 03:30 PM
You can't child-proof the world, but you can world-proof the child. :D

Chipperman
March 7, 2003, 05:44 PM
I'm surprised your daughter wasn't suspended from school for subversive talk like that. :banghead:

MissileCop
March 7, 2003, 05:51 PM
Aw man, that just put a big ol' smile on my face. :D (and this doesn't do it justice)

Please do tell. How did they respond to your little girl's question?
Just the image of a wide-eyed, slack-jawed person makes me smile.

seeker_two
March 7, 2003, 05:55 PM
Well done!

Buy her an extra hot fudge sundae for me...:D

MountainPeak
March 7, 2003, 05:57 PM
Good girl!!:)

El Tejon
March 7, 2003, 05:58 PM
You mean to tell me that teaching children works?!?!:)

tetchaje1
March 7, 2003, 06:35 PM
You got yourself a good kid there! :)

Ditto on the ice cream sundae.

I remember going shooting for the first time when I was 5 years old with my dad. He stood behind me and helped me shoot his monstrous (or so it seemed) accurized Colt 1911. Seeing those water jugs explode with the 45ACP rounds really taught me a lesson on how dangerous guns were. Ever since then, I have never had an accident or gone out and shot up the neighbor kids -- even though we as kids always had access to my dad's Detective Special in case of a break-in.
Guns were never a taboo, and we always knew that we could ask dad to help us unload the guns so that we could look at them, so it was never the mysterious "gun in the drawer" that the VPC and HCI always tout.

Standing Wolf
March 7, 2003, 08:43 PM
Delightful!

Hardtarget
March 8, 2003, 12:18 AM
She is only SIX!? They better look out...when she gets a little older and they HAVE to listen to her! I'm totally impressed.
And you've been teaching good! :D
Mark.

Neal Bloom
March 8, 2003, 12:36 AM
Great story! My hats off to you and your daughter.

Jamie B
March 8, 2003, 08:41 AM
Oh, yeah, I would be proud of her if I was you!

I have a 4 1/2 daughter - we took the Ruger 22/45 out when she was 4, and she loved it! She refers to it as 'the little gun that I can shoot'!

Moments like that make you feel good about your kids.

Good job - you are raising her well!

Jamie

Double Naught Spy
March 8, 2003, 09:17 AM
Great that some kid has some idea about safe gun handling. The problem is that I wouldn't trust kids to be responsible enough. Heck, there are still plenty of adults out there with guns who think the 4 rules are total BS or unnecessary.

yesterdaysyouth
March 8, 2003, 09:24 AM
screw the sundae, i think a 22 is in order!!!

it would've been nice to have my own 22 when i was six, and a .410.... well a 38 too... :p



Great that some kid has some idea about safe gun handling. The problem is that I wouldn't trust kids to be responsible enough. Heck, there are still plenty of adults out there with guns who think the 4 rules are total BS or unnecessary

these adults haven't AD'ed a .45 in a closed room in thier house yet..... :uhoh:

Jamie B
March 8, 2003, 10:47 AM
Oh, yeah, I would be proud of her if I was you!

I have a 4 1/2 daughter - we took the Ruger 22/45 out when she was 4, and she loved it! She refers to it as 'the little gun that I can shoot'!

Moments like that make you feel good about your kids.

Good job - you are raising her well!

Jamie

SemperFi83
March 8, 2003, 03:08 PM
I asked her what they said, and she said they just looked at each other for a minute (I would like to imagine with slack jaws and wide eyes ) and then repeated that kids should never touch guns.

She told me "That's OK, I know its alright when I am with you and you say its OK." She and her brother can cite the 4 rules from memory and explain what each one means. Nice to know they don't swallow everything the teachers say hook, line and sinker.

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