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One of the arguments used by gun rights advocates is that kids need to be taught gun safety to help prevent childhood accidental shootings. Gun control advocates say that no children of any age should be exposed to guns and the two sides continue to clash.

A study indicates that children (4-9) who have attended firearm safety classes seem to handle guns without proper supervision just as frequently as kids with no training.

However, the most important thing they leave out is parental teaching. The entire issue of kids with guns in the house rests more with the parents and how they teach or don’t teach as to how safe the kids act.

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(Science Daily) – Children who participate in gun safety programs often ignore what they learned when encountering a real firearm, according to a Rutgers School of Nursing study.

The report, published recently in Health Promotion Practice, reviewed 10 studies on the effectiveness of strategies for teaching gun safety to children ages 4 to 9. The researchers found such programs do not reduce the likelihood that children will handle guns when they are unsupervised, that boys are more likely than girls to ignore gun-safety rules and that few studies exist of gun-safety programs for children beyond the fourth grade.

Included among the findings from previous studies is that 85 percent of gun-owning parents did not practice safe gun storage and 72 percent believed their young children could differentiate a toy gun from a real gun…

As far back as I can remember, there were always loaded guns in our house and us kids knew where they were. We NEVER touched them without permissions because our parents taught us about guns, gun safety and we were taught to obey our parents or face the consequences and the consequences for playing with any of the guns was not worth the risk. That’s difference between then and now.

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