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Gun safety

In New Zealand, kids as young as four are getting gun licenses as part of being educated and learning gun safety:

Four-year-old preschooler Lucy Coup has already earned her own gun licence.

Like the other children at her Auckland kindergarten, and in childcare centres around New Zealand, the youngster hangs the laminated licence from a string around her neck when she plays with her toy gun – but she must shoot at the target.

“We don’t shoot people, because it might hurt them,” Lucy says firmly.

Instead of banning gun play, many early education centres are adopting a policy that sees children earn a “gun licence” once they brush up on the dangers.

5 Responses to “Gun safety”

  1. Gunmart Says:

    Blood will run in the streets! Think of the children! Yada, yada, yada…

  2. julie Says:

    i like πŸ™‚ Wish Australia would be so sensible …

  3. divemedic Says:

    That is a good way to teach kids early on that all activities require a license from the government. Just wait until next year when they learn how to earn a “sex license” or perhaps a “speech license”

  4. Glen Says:

    Central North Island Kindergarten Association general manager Jan Ballantyne said labelling gun play as “bad” and banning it sent a mixed message to children whose fathers were hunters, farmers or in the armed services.

    “For us to be making value judgments like that is quite wrong, but children need to know that there are rules. It’s important for children to know, yes, there are guns, they can kill, and there are rules around that.”

    Wow.

  5. Mike Says:

    Better than banning everything that looks like a gun.