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Don't teach the baby about guns.

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Sato Ord, Apr 18, 2008.

  1. Sato Ord

    Sato Ord Well-Known Member

    My wife knew I owned and intended to keep firearms when she met me. She was never an anti, but she was a confirmed pacifist. I took her shooting and she learned to do a halfway decent job with my Taurus model 85.

    Later, when she was pregnant the subject of guns came up. (Did you know that pediatricians actually ask if there are guns in the house these days?)

    Anyway, she said she didn't want our child running around with toy guns and playing violent games. She wasn't so much worried about him becoming violent, as she was about other people's perception of him being violent.

    I know, I know, it doesn't make a whole lot of sense, but it wasn't worth arguing at that point. I knew then and I know now, boys will be boys.

    Well, the boy is extremely intelligent and was hyper-verbal right from the start. His command of language was incredible at 18 months old. However, he had never even heard the word "GUN". It simply wasn't part of his vocabulary.

    One day he was in the yard playing. I was cooking on the grill, and my wife was watching him while setting the table. She turned her back on him for just a second and when she turned back around he had picked up a fallen stick that looked amazingly like a rifle stock. He had the thing to his shoulder (good form, too!), was pointing it at a tree and saying POW-POW.:uhoh:

    The kid was 18 months old and had never seen a gun in his young life! All of my guns had been carefully stored in cases since before he was born! He didn't even know the word "gun", because my wife had insisted he not get such an education too early!:rolleyes:

    So, she asked him, "Connor, what are you doing?"

    His reply was, "Hunting."

    He had never heard me talking about hunting either. Remember, we lived so far out in the boonies we only got the local PBS channel on the TV, and mostly only at night. He'd never watched commercial TV either. Never seen a cop show, never seen a hunting show.:what:

    She decides to continue her questions, keeping her tone vary neutral, "Connor, what is that you have there?"

    He looks at her a bit perplexed, and you can see he is actively trying to find a word to sum up his "toy". He finally shrugs slightly and says, "It's my 'HUNTER', I use it for hunting."

    Couldn't fault the kid's logic!:D

    Boys will be boys, and human beings will find a way to make weapons out of what they can find in their environment. That's the reason we are at the top of the food chain but don't have long teeth and claws.

    PS Becoming a mother has taken the wind out of the pacifist sails. If someone wants to hurt my son they might just find that my wife is ready, willing, and able to drill them a .380 whole in center mass. Now-a-days she is determined to defend herself and her family with any means necessary.
  2. Tommygunn

    Tommygunn Well-Known Member

    "Out of the mouths of babes ... "

    Great story!
  3. ambush

    ambush Well-Known Member

    I love it!! Another hunter in the ranks.
  4. Sindawe

    Sindawe Well-Known Member

    18 months eh? Hmmmm...that strikes me as about right for bleed over from prior incarnations to register in the brain of the current incarnation. Your Connor may be remembering past exploits bringing down game and love of fine weapons. He's at the same age I was when I had my first such experience of past life memories, though mine not so enjoyable and honorable as hunting.

    I rather face a hord of rabid Grizzlies than a one mother defending her young.
  5. HammerBite

    HammerBite Well-Known Member

    One of the things that amazed me about parenthood is how quickly kids learn things.
  6. CountGlockula

    CountGlockula Well-Known Member

    Get that baby a toy rifle NOW!!! He's good to go.

    Good story.
  7. Voodoochile

    Voodoochile Well-Known Member

    My wife was the same way when she was pregnant with our first, she knew that I was a hunter, had a small collection of firearms & regularly shot them as well as my archery gear, but when 911 come about her dad wanted to be sure that we were prepared in the armes department, that was when our discussions about firearms come about.

    Although my wife isn't big on guns she does shoot on occasion & has as of this year allowed me to start teaching my lil 6 year old, but like your lil boy she had allready had it in her head about shooting something.

    good story & thanx for sharing...
  8. Navy_Guns

    Navy_Guns Well-Known Member

    Time to send off for a copy of the NRA "Eddie the Eagle" video.... My little guy is almost 4 and he asks me to watch Eddie with him every couple weeks. It works, too - He found a Mossberg butt stock in my office last week and came and told me he had found a gun part. :)
  9. JesseL

    JesseL Well-Known Member

    My son is the same age right now, 18 months.

    He's not nearly that articulate, but he does enjoy sitting on my lap and looking at American Rifleman. He enjoys pointing at the pictures and listening to me tell him what they are.

    Interestingly, he has uncanny attraction to all the Kimber ads.:)
  10. K3

    K3 Well-Known Member

    I'm sure it's him with the attraction... :D
  11. Elza

    Elza Well-Known Member

    And many of those things can be embarrassing to the parents! :eek:
  12. t3rmin

    t3rmin Well-Known Member

    Dang. That's a pretty amazing kid you have there. My 18-mo-old looks at a motorcycle and says "rmm rmm", can point out most of his body parts, and can tell you what James Brown says ("haayyy!"). He's no dummy, but he's a long way from full sentences. They're all unique, aren't they?

    It's pretty sobering what they pick up that you AREN'T trying to teach them!
  13. Technosavant

    Technosavant Well-Known Member

    I find that those who refuse to allow firearm education of children are all in favor of education when it comes to any and every other part of life. They have a huge gun shaped blind spot in their reasoning.

    Education never hurts, but a lack of knowledge can put your rear in a potentially lethal sling. On a number of topics.
  14. JohnnyGrey

    JohnnyGrey Well-Known Member

    Yes, baby boys will gravitate towards completely different things than baby girls will. You can't make a boy a girl or vice versa, and his mother shouldn't discourage his instincts (though it's all the rage these days). Buy the kid a Nerf gun or something and he'll have a head start on muzzle awareness. Mommy should be glad that he didn't point his hunter at her! :neener:
  15. glocker82

    glocker82 member

    yeah skip right to hand grenades. Sorry I didn't even read the post only the title.
  16. Hot brass

    Hot brass Well-Known Member

    Bought my son a .22 when he was 3 years old. A Red Ryder for his 5th b-day. A .177 pellet gun for his 9th b-day. A 10-22 for his 10 th b-day. Another .177 pellet gun for his 13 th b-day and an 870 this month.

    The daughter has a Red Ryder, and a .22 bought before she was born.
  17. Mr White

    Mr White Well-Known Member

    You know, in some states, perhaps even in parts of Florida, that is considered child abuse. The authorities could take your kid and send him off to a foster family of rednecks.
  18. jakemccoy

    jakemccoy Well-Known Member

    That's a cool story. Really, how do you think he learned that stuff? I'll keep it a secret. ;)
  19. Tom Bri

    Tom Bri Well-Known Member

    My daughter, aged about two I guess, made a lego 'gun' to shoot the big bad wolf with....

    Later she decided that the wolf had got a bad rap, and felt sorry for it. In MY version of the story, the wolf ended up as dinner in the pot and a nice lap rug for Grandma.
  20. The Lone Haranguer

    The Lone Haranguer Well-Known Member

    We guys are wired that way. ;)

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