It’s never too early to learn about gun safety. Research says 1/3 of homes with children also have guns.
That is why one Mandan business is offering a hands-on gun class dedicated just to kids.
Prairie Patriot put on the gun class to hopefully get more children involved with the proper use and safety of guns. I talked with a parent and one of the kids in the class who told me why they think classes like this are important.
“The first time I ever shot a gun was in the police academy. I was terrified, so I just want him to respect firearms and know how to use them,” says parent, Lynn Wanner.
Parent and police officer Lynn Wanner is no stranger to guns and says she doesn’t want her kids having the same inexperience like she did.
“It was more me wanting him to learn but I carry a gun everyday so I want him to know safety and the difference between a nerf gun and a real gun,” says Wanner.
Research says over 1.7 million children have access to unlocked guns. That’s why Prairie Patriot started their first ever Jr. Patriots Firearm course trying to educate children about guns.
Manager at Prairie Patriot, Brandy Eckroth says, “So we will be teaching the kids basic hand gun safety, basic stance of when you hold your gun, all the rules and regulations of what it means to have a gun and all those types of things.”
This unique camp brought in both girls and boys ages 10 to 14. While there are no actual regulations on how old you have to be to shoot a gun, I asked when is the best time to start teaching your children on how to use guns.
Wanner says, “I think its a maturity thing definitely. When they are mature enough to understand the responsibilities with it, I think they should be taught how to take care of a firearm.”
“It’s all about when you want to educate your children on gun safety,” Eckroth.
During the course the children not only learned about gun safety and gun regulations but they even got to shoot in the range. They switched between a revolver .22 and semi-automatic .22. All of the kids proved to be natural born shooters, me not so much.
After getting shown up by all the kids in the range, I asked one of the students why he thought it was important for kids his age to be educated about guns.
“If you run into one like at your parents house or your friends house you don’t go up and touch it and play with it because some kids might think it was a toy and you could get hurt,” says student, Gage Goldade. “And everyone needs to realize that its a big deal in the United States.”
Prairie Patriot plans on having more Jr. Patriot Firearm courses in the future. For more information on the classes they offer click here.