Comments: Children are Authoritarians

Don't tell Terry but I also do not own a gun. He might drop us both from the AoW.

I think your discussion with your son was right on. Children need to understand that a lot of things are dangerous.

I was allowed to hunt alone when I was 8 or 9 but only after being drilled on safety. I grew up way out in the country and everyone had guns but I do not recall anyone ever being shot accidentally.

Posted by Larry Anderson at March 7, 2006 10:38 AM

You know this advice will come back to bite you when it gets repeated at the hippie German school, right? Good for you for giving it anyway.

Posted by Frazier at March 7, 2006 12:43 PM

I think you handled that very well! In a similar conversation with my son (same age) Hubby and I have used similar analogies.

I recommend you spend a couple of hours at a shooting range even once. My husband took me once and I hope to go again. Going took the fear of the unknown out of me. Learning to handle one properly left me with a real sense of respect (not fear) for the power of the gun, and a strange heightened awareness in the moment because I was paying such close attention to every detail. It was a worthwhile experience.

Posted by Jennifer at March 7, 2006 07:45 PM

Larry, I think you'd probably recall if someone had shot you. I don't think it's the sort of thing one forgets.

I was anti-gun for the longest time, but I think I'm being persuaded the other way. I don't think I'd ever own one myself, but I think I understand better the need for others.

Posted by skinnydan at March 8, 2006 07:47 AM

Jordana, that's the best and most thoughtful post I have read in a long time on the subject. Whether Boy ever decides to pick up a gun or not, at least he's got some rational background to use in order to make that decision.

Posted by Terry Oglesby at March 8, 2006 10:58 AM

Jordana, you're good.

Posted by Patricia at March 10, 2006 12:55 AM

I was a communist as a child. I recall suggesting to my parents that what we needed to do to take care of all the poor people was take everyone's money, put it in a big pile and give everyone an equal amount.

I've since learned that one wouldn't work.

Posted by Alan at March 10, 2006 11:16 PM

While driving past my town on our way to the western NC office, my former boss observed that we had a couple of gun shops in town (she lives in Raleigh, which I would bet also has a couple of gun shops, or at least places you could buy a firearm!). Boss declared she wouldn't want to live in a town where gun shops had such a prominent presence. Later, I thought, "Hey- I wouldn't want to burgle in such a town!" Too late to be a rejoinder, though.

Posted by Lenise at March 11, 2006 02:46 PM