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Old 12-12-2012, 10:59 AM   #1
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Shooting Range Birthday Party?

What do you think about this? http://www.insideedition.com/headlin...s-for-children
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Old 12-12-2012, 11:05 AM   #2
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I have mixed feelings. I like the idea of the NRA training which I believe every child should experience whether their parents own a gun or not. And 8 is not too young to learn to shoot. Not sure about this as a group outing for new shooters, however.
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Old 12-12-2012, 11:06 AM   #3
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Old 12-12-2012, 11:08 AM   #4
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While I don't have issues with kids going to the gun range, I am not sure about the party aspect of it. Guns are not toys or party favors.
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Old 12-12-2012, 11:09 AM   #5
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I think my kids wouldn't be attending, nor would they be socializing with any kid whose family vaguely thought this was appropriate.
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Old 12-12-2012, 11:11 AM   #6
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It's not my thing, but I don't see anything wrong with it either. The fact that the kids are given a safety course first is awesome, that's knowledge that could keep them safe if they stubble upon a gun at friends house etc...
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Old 12-12-2012, 11:19 AM   #7
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8 or 9 years old seems a little on the young side for something like this, but I could see my 12 year old going to something like this, assuming it's all done safely and properly supervised.
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Old 12-12-2012, 11:31 AM   #8
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It wouldn't happen here. Its just not something most people would be comfortable with.
Birthday parties should be about the kids having fun together. It doesn't seem like that can really happen at this type of party.
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Old 12-12-2012, 11:37 AM   #9
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I truly can't wrap my head around this idea. Shooting guns at a birthday party?!? I understand they get safety training blah blah blah but they are kids. Shooting GUNS.
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Old 12-12-2012, 11:43 AM   #10
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I don't see a problem with it if shooting/hunting is something that interests the birthday boy/girl.

We had DS's (now 9) birthday party at a lazer tag place... THAT'S "playing" with guns IMO. The shooting range, not so much.
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Old 12-12-2012, 11:45 AM   #11
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If I were a marksman, and I was ok with my child getting into that sport, and I had already gone through gun safety with him or her, and the child was 12 or older, and I was going to the party, I'd possibly be ok with this idea.
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Old 12-12-2012, 11:53 AM   #12
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On a related note, my ds went to an airsoft b-day party (all teen guys in attendance) and everyone had a great time with their airsoft guns. We've never been to a paintball party, but those seem popular. I guess a shooting range could been seen as a similar type of party, though perhaps the kids are a bit young for it. ???

We don't hunt, so I don't know much about it, but I have seen photos of young kids (under 10) hunting. Maybe the host family is into hunting, gun safety, etc?

OT: Is there a legal age in some states you have to be in order to carry and use firearms while hunting?
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Old 12-12-2012, 11:54 AM   #13
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I think it's great if it is something the birthday person and his or her friends are interested in. Why is it really different than other "activity-type" party places?

Lots of parties do otherwise dangerous activities that would not otherwise be safe except under controlled circumstances - like rock climbing walls or trampolines or laser tag or go-karts. Why is shooting guns different?
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Old 12-12-2012, 12:00 PM   #14
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The U.P. is a lot like Texas in that it would be "no big deal" up here. Most kids have been handling guns since well before that age...

I, too, will be interested to see, though what people think about this vs airsoft (where you're shooting at a person...).

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I think it's great if it is something the birthday person and his or her friends are interested in. Why is it really different than other "activity-type" party places?

Lots of parties do otherwise dangerous activities that would not otherwise be safe except under controlled circumstances - like rock climbing walls or trampolines or laser tag or go-karts. Why is shooting guns different?
I agree with this! If a parent doesn't want to have their child attend this birthday party, they can just decline. I bet the kids are less likely to get hurt at this sort of party than in a bouncy house or a go cart party.

At least with this they aren't shooting at people like in laser tag or paintball.
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