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There IS hope for America.

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by BHPshooter, May 13, 2007.

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  1. BHPshooter

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    Yesterday a family (Mom, Dad, 4 children) came in the shop looking for .22s.

    The mother, who I would guess to be in her late twenties/early thirties was essentially the leader, and she was there for probably an hour trying to decide which ones she wanted.

    Apparently, as her Mother's Day present, she wanted to get 3 .22 rifles so that the whole family would have something to shoot when they went out, in addition to their handguns (which I gathered were .22 and .40), a 9mm carbine, and their AR-15.

    I usually won't bust in with unsolicited commentary unless prompted, so I just let them browse while I hunted down some special orders. However, I try to always keep an ear open so that I'll know when I'm needed.

    That's when it happened.

    Their second-youngest, a boy that couldn't have been over 4, was watching Mommy pick up and shoulder the guns for fit.

    "Mommy, did you know that all guns are always loaded?" :what: :) :cool:
    "That's right, honey. What's the second rule?"

    I stood there with my mouth agape as this knee-high youngster repeated Cooper's 4 Rules, only slightly distorting Rule #4 (Be sure of your target and what is beyond it).

    I praised the folks. I had to. Even though I have been shooting from a very young age, I never had the rules told to me except at the range, which wasn't enough for me to recite them. I can't tell you the feeling that I felt... It defies my vocabulary. Suffice it to say that the feeling was almost spiritual.

    At this point, the mom asked for my help comparing the different .22s. I then became impressed with how much this woman liked guns -- "I have a total gun fetish. We love shooting." -- and how casual she made it seem... like everybody does. Like it was just the same as liking motorcycles or movies or cuisine.

    They were probably there for almost 2 hours when all was said and done, and the children were remarkably behaved, especially for their ages (1-7, I'm guessing).

    When the family left, they ended up taking with them a Marlin Model 60, a Ruger 10/22, and a Marlin bolt action (Model 925, IIRC). But before they left, the same little tike repeated the Eddie Eagle rules for his dad verbatim. :eek: :D

    It seems pretty easy to get discouraged when your hobby, your job, and your entire raison d'etre is a thing that is constantly under cultural and political attack. Today I got to see one of those rare glimpses of hope, suggesting that maybe the future could be a little brighter than we sometimes fear.

    It also impressed upon me the importance of getting others into the sport; specifically women and children. If children are the future of shooting, Women are the immediate future of shooting.

    Share the joy! Who have you spoken to today, whom it hasn't even dawned on you to invite shooting?

    Wes
     
  2. jpk1md

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    Great post!
     
  3. pax

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    Heartwarming story. :)

    We are not alone!

    pax
     
  4. skinnyguy

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    That shows what I've always thought to be the best safety feature of any firearm, EARLY EDUCATION.

    It also shows that there are parents that are involved in the lives of their children, the subject does not matter, but parental involvment does.

    Looks like there are 4 more responsible, respectful, safe gun owners on the way in a few years.
     
  5. qajaq59

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    Amazing what a little parenting can do, isn't it?

    Too bad it isn't highly contagious.​
     
  6. RocketMan

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    How I love warm, fuzzy stories like this. :)
     
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    ooohhh...I'm warm and fuzzy all over...thank you for the pick-me-up story!
     
  8. alucard0822

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    That story warms the heart, those kids are very fortunate to have parents that are that involved. They will probably grow up happy, become sucessful and live fulfilling lives. It's too bad most kids want to be like some looser celebrity when they grow up in this day and age, and a lot of people will argue that there are too few good role models around, but it only takes a loving and involved parent to ensure a good life for children.
     
  9. beaucoup ammo

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    That makes my week! That's one Mom who deserves a standing ovation today..Happy Mother's Day!
     
  10. Isildur

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    Wow, that are real "family values":) . Thank you for sharing this story it's good to know that there is still hope.
     
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    That really makes my day!:)
     
  12. 4v50 Gary

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    What a wonderful family. However, I would have suggested standardizing the guns to reduce parts and logistics. But hey, I'm a hypocrite. I've got bolt action .22s of different makes and a semi and no two guns are alike.
     
  13. Green Lantern

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    "I NEED more days like this!!!"
    -The Doctor

    :) :D :) :cool: :D
     
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    that was really cool to hear. i applaud the parents for setting up their kids for success. its really nice to know that their will be 4 more responisble shooters that will grow up to join our ranks.
     
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    Did you ask her if she has a younger unmarried sister for me? 5'3-5'7 115lbs, black, brown, blonde or redheaded......
     
  16. Zundfolge

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    Sounds like Oleg has another poster to make.
     
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    Nice story. If only everyone were so educated we would have much less anti gun sentiment. What proud parents they must be.
     
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    Nice story. Brings tears to my eyes.
     
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    If there were a medal for responsible parenting, I'd give them one in a heartbeat. Great post.
     
  20. Deer Hunter

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    Amen.

    I'm 18 years old and I completely agree with that. I get angry at the parents these days who don't raise their kids right.

    Great post, I'm happy to hear about that family,.
     
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    You should have told them about THR (if you didn't). We need more intelligent, mature, edumacated, litterit folks' around here.:p
     
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    That's for me to know and not you!
    "A family that shoots together, stays together." great story, and it is completly amazing what a little parenting can do.
     
  23. Jacka L Ope

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    Nice read. Thanks for sharing. :)
     
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    Interesting post. Thanks
     
  25. Ghengis Kahn

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    thats beautiful!

    ditto on the sister BTW :D
     
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