The Second Amendment: A Legacy to Our Children

There is a war raging right now in the United States concerning the Second Amendment right to bear arms.  Our socialistic leaders are pushing harder and harder to outlaw all possession of all firearms by private citizens.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is even using the United Nations and their Small Arms Treaty to supersede the Second Amendment of the US Constitution.  President Obama has also been outspoken about his desire to see stricter nationwide gun control laws passed supposedly to help prevent crime and we all know what a crock of manure that argument is.

In addition to writing your congressmen and senators and contributing to gun lobby groups such as the NRA, one of the other things you can do to help support the Second Amendment is to teach your children and grandchildren to shoot and respect a gun.  Start them as young as possible.

My dad started teaching me how to shoot at the age of four.  He had an over-under .22 rifle on top and 410 shotgun on bottom.  I was too small to hold the rifle, so my dad would cradle the front grip in his hand as I learned to aim and shoot.  He also started teaching me how to clean and care for the gun.  I was taught how dangerous they were and that I was never to play with one.  He taught all of the gun safety rules.  By the time I was six, I was using both the .22 and 410 to hunt rabbits, squirrels and birds.

I grew up with a healthy knowledge and respect for guns of all types.  We always had loaded guns in the house and us kids knew where they were in case we needed one in an emergency.  They were not kept locked up and we knew better to ever touch them without permission.

By the time I was twelve, I was hunting deer and other big game.  I knew how to take a rifle and shotgun apart, clean it and reassemble it.  I even started making wooden stocks for rifles and shotguns and later on handgrips for pistols.  When I was in high school, I joined an Explorer post that specialized in guns.  We had a shooting team for competition and paid for all of our ammunition and supplies by repairing guns.

Parents and grandparents need to take time to learn about their own guns.  Then they need to teach their kids and grandkids about them.  Teach them how to shoot and clean for a gun.  Teach them to have respect for guns and not to fear them, but also to know how dangerous they can be and that they are never anything to play with.

If you are unable to teach them yourself, then check into local organization and groups that can.  Here is a list of some that may be in your area:

Boy Scouts & Explorers – Not all, but many troops and posts teach shooting as part of the shooting merit badge.

4-H organizations – A number of 4-H groups teach shooting and even have teams for competition  Each year the national 4-H hosts an invitational competition in all kinds of target shooting including archery, air rifles, pistols, rifles, shotguns, skeet, sporting clay target and more.  http://www.4-hshootingsports.org/

Scholastic Clay Target Program – This program is designed to teach kids up to 12th grade how to shoot clay target, skeet and trap shooting.  http://www.shootsctp.org/

Amateur Trapshooting Association – Has a program called Academic, Integrity Marksmanship (AIM) designed for kids from elementary school up through 12th grade. http://www.shootata.com/aim/aim4ata.html

Steel Challenge Shooting Association – Has a program called Scholastic Steel Challenge for ages 12-20 to teach and compete in matches modeled after the famous Steel Challenge.  http://www.scholasticsteelchallenge.com/

National Rifle Association – Has a program called Eddie Eagle Gunsafe Program designed to teach kids from pre-kindergarten to 3rd grade how to handle guns and what to do if they find a gun.  http://www.nrahq.org/safety/eddie/

Years ago, many National Guard Armories taught gun safety classes and many state game and fish agencies also have some type of hunter safety program where they teach kids how to shoot and handle a firearm.

Generally it is those individuals that were not taught how to shoot and care for a gun when they were kids that are against guns and pushing for stricter gun control laws.  The more kids that are taught how to shoot and how to respect a firearm, the more support there will be for the Second Amendment by that generation and the less support there will be to ban them.