Parents Argue Teaching Young Kids to Shoot Prevents Gun Accidents


One day while he was outside working and his sons, Cole, then 8 years old, and Dalton, then 10, were in the family's garage when Taylor said he heard a shot. Dalton had been hit and died. His seven brothers were shattered.

Travis Taylor said they now keep their guns at a friend's house.

"I don't know if I'll ever be able to bring them back, 'til my kids leave the house," he said. "I'm serious. I just, I don't know, I don't think I can."

But Kyle Coplen, the founder of the Armed Citizens Project, a program in Texas where single women get free training and shotguns, had a daughter who is almost 3 years old and he said she will learn how to shoot. He believes that as long as children are properly trained in the seriousness of gun dangers, then they won't go looking for them.

"The children that have been properly trained and know how serious firearms are, are not going to be kids that are going into their parent's room and playing with their firearms," Coplen said. "You kill the curiosity before the curiosity kills the kid."

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