This has nothing to do with 2a but instead is about where do you personally see the line between a kid that needs safe gun handling experience/training, vs. a kid that maybe you don't think should actually be around guns at all.
A couple days ago a kid that I know came to me asking if I would teach him safe gun handling and shooting skills; he knows that I have taught many kids this. I know the kid. I'll obscure details just a bit, but admit that he is 18-20, and has been diagnosed with a plethora of mental disorders over the years, starting with ADHD, PTSD, ODD, Bipolar, Aspbergers, and more. The latter two more serious diagnosis were made within just a couple of years. The kid has had prescribed psychotropic meds for a very long time, but prefers and has succeeded in remaining out of med compliance except for each time he's admitted into a lockdown psych ward for a week/ten days, which has happened each of the last 3 years that I'm aware of (and more historically; I just don't know the details).
Most of his teenage years were spent in various "reform schools", some were total lockdown places (think API) and some not locked, but supervised in person every 15 minutes, 24/7. He has never been adjudicated for any of his crimes, but instead sent to "treatment" facilities for between months and a year, each.
So he's on various forms of welfare since our federal government has declared him officially and permanently disabled due to his mental disorders.
He tells me he is going to get a hand gun, and wants me to tell him where he can go shoot bunnies. And also where he can go shoot big game with his revolver. This from a kid that could never get the hang of the intricacies of the care and use of contact lenses.....
He has a long history of self destructive behavior, and is presently recovering from the second occurrence of losing 100% of his belongings - twice in just the last year and a half.
I could go on, but you must get the picture by now. I would worry greatly for the safety of this kid and those around him, if he owned a handgun. So I'm looking for a way out. Surely it must be illegal here in Alaska for him to walk into the gun store and get a very nice revolver and ammo for less than just one of his welfare checks (no need to save up for it). It is not illegal.
I search more. It would be illegal in CA and some other states because of the lockdowns. Not here. Had he been adjudicated for his youthful Alaskan crimes he would not be legal to get a gun; but since he went to treatment instead of juvie there is no legal record.
Know that this kid has not been determined to be incapacitated; he has the same rights to vote and own a gun as we do.
Bottom line: I told the kid that even as much as I know and love teaching safe gun handling to kids, I have never done so except for kids in my own household and those of very close friends (so I know their guns are safe at home) - and I didn't feel comfortable helping to introduce a handgun into an uncontrolled, unsupervised household (that has no place to safely store the gun) that does contain small children.
Would you teach this kid gun handling/safety? I wouldn't be able to sleep at night if I did.
Do you think this kid should have the right to own a gun here in Alaska? What in his history should disqualify him? The lockdowns? The lack of med compliance? Being judged permanently mentally disabled by the US govm't?
Are you happy with our current laws about who should not be able to buy a gun today?