Originally Posted by KitEKats4Eva!
But do you actually need to own a gun at 5 years old to learn this? No, you don't. Responsibility, safety and care should be a part of any parental teaching, these are universal principles. Any child raised to be responsible, safe and aware will handle guns with these principles in mind anyway. They don't actually have to own one before they are even old enough to go to school to learn that.
But isn't "ownership" of something valuable to a child really just in name only, in reality?
If a grandmother, for instance, gave a baby an heirloom ring that is worth some actual money, you wouldn't just put that piece of jewelry in the crib, would you? Of course not! It would be the parent's responsibility to keep the ring in a safe place until the child was old enough to take care of it.
Same goes with a firearm. The child may "own" it in name, but it is still the parent's responsibility to keep it safe and teach the child how to use it safely.
And please, don't go into the whole "guns kill, rings don't" thing. A RESPONSIBLE parent will ensure that any firearm is kept SAFE so that it is as safe as a ring (which, if the baby swallows it, could also kill