I'm all for kids learning gun safety and shooting, hunting, etc. but man... I saw some things the other day that are cause for concern.
I go to the range and am getting setup at the handgun range. A guy is doing the same and has his truck backed up with a topper with a couple girls inside, maybe 6 and 10? No prob, they have hearing protection on and they are in a safe place while dad is getting setup. Then somewhere along the line the range goes hot and one of the kids is with dad and the other is down at the other end unattended. He hollars her back and I'm thinkin that a little kid running around a hot range with about 10 people shooting is not a good thing. Anyway, she comes back. He's shooting a carbine and another gun I think, an auto pistol and has also loaded up a revolver and says "here" or something to one kid and he sets it down on the bench, he's trying to coral the other one and/or also shoot or help her shoot, or load mags or something. Lot's going on at the same time…. Then the girl grabs the revolver off the bench, does a pivot while cocking the hammer, points it right at me and starts to walk around over to dad, she's pointing it at him and the other girl and not paying attention to the muzzle, all the time the hammer is cocked and a finger on or near the trigger! I hollar "HEY HEY WATCH IT!!" Dad takes control of the gun and then helps the girl shoot it. I didn't see any type of correction at that moment.
I think the guy had too much going on at one time to be safe with all of it. He's loading and shooting several different guns, trying to get the kids lined out to shoot and keep track of both of them running around and doing his own shooting. I've been thinking about this and it seems that there was not a very good example being set for gun safety. When the girl grabbed the gun off the bench, cocked the hammer and started walking around and then when Dad took control, he should have used it as a teaching moment and then shut the whole operation down and gone home and let the moment and the correction sink in.
I'm not trying to be an A-Hole but please people. If you take your kids to the range to shoot, maybe you should work on one thing at a time like one gun, one target, one kid at one time and focus on Safety and how you handle guns at the Range, etc. If you want to shoot several guns at once at a bunch of different targets leave the kids at home. We were all fortunate that she didn't discharge that revolver and shoot one of us but it wasn't because she did anything right. It was pure luck… or Divine Intervention. Please, Please, Please rethink how you do things when you have them out the next time.
If you happen to be the guy and are reading this, I was the guy you gave the Ruger sticker to. Thanks again but please re-think your range time with your girls. We want them to be safe and act safely.