Monday, January 23, 2006

The right to bear arms and arm children

Here's great idea. Let 8-year-olds hunt. Yes, with guns.

Only one thing that bothers me: Would we be discrimination against 6- and 7-year olds? They have constitutonal rights, too, don't they?

6 Comments:

At 2:18 PM, Blogger Shades said...

I love when people comment on things that they obviously have no direct knowledge of. As an avid hunter, and one with children, being able to take my son out turkey hunting when he is 8 will be a very positive experience for him. It will also be very safe. There will be one gun between us and he has to remain at arm's length. 8 year-olds will not be able to just walk around with a gun and shoot at anything that moves.

 
At 2:44 PM, Blogger Xoff said...

The Wisconsin chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics doesn't believe having 8-year-old hunters is safe, said Dr. Tim Corden, medical director of University of Wisconsin Hospital's pediatric critical care unit.

"Children obtain different skills at different ages," he said. "Their concentration and attention spans potentially pose a risk for them to be responsible and have a hunting weapon in that environment."

 
At 4:50 PM, Blogger Shades said...

Nuts - a doctor says he knows all kids capabilities. I had better change my view of my own son, my nephews and my neighbor's kid. Follow along - this does not madate that kids hunt. It only allows them to go with an experienced hunter who may...wait..wait..wait...have actual knowledge of the youth wanting to hunt. Just like school choice, you seem to hate anything that involves a decision by parents regarding their own children.

 
At 10:36 PM, Blogger Epilogue said...

"Children obtain different skills at different ages," he said. "Their concentration and attention spans potentially pose a risk for them to be responsible and have a hunting weapon in that environment."

Sounds like the state legislature...

 
At 8:11 AM, Blogger Chris said...

"Hunting Yes with guns" lol god what do you want them to do, use rocks?

Bill my 5 year old already has a .22 rifle he gets to shoot under strict supervision when we are up north. He is safer then a lot of adult shooter I have to deal with at a gun range. He has proven to me that he will follow the rules and safty prodcedures. But as epilogue stated you have to judge by child I doubt my younger son will start shooting that early he doesnt listen as well as his older brother.

I believe most of the parents who would take their 8 year olds hunting would make the right judgement based on their childrens skill level. I know most nonhunters wont believe it but 99% of hunters do not go into the woods looking to get hurt and I doubt they would let an 8 year old who wasnt ready in the woods. But gasp we cant let parents make decisions about their children can we.

 
At 12:14 PM, Blogger whatsleftwi said...

This is no ordinary parental decision. It affects every hunter in the woods on that day that chooses not to go hunting with third-graders.

 

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