(GunsSaveLife.com) – Do you want to foster responsibility, respect, conscientiousness, self-discipline, reliability, humility, honesty, thoughtfulness in your child or grandchild?
Then teach them to shoot.
Adolescents who grow up learning about shooting, hunting, and outdoor activities under the tutelage and supervision of responsible adult role models are more likely to turn out as the type of adults that are sober, careful, and think before they act.
That’s not just us saying that; Boys who own legal firearms have much lower rates of delinquency and drug use than non-owners of guns, according to the US Department of Justice in a 1995 study. (1)
Guns Save Life takes the education of children in the safe and legal use of guns seriously. We have partnered with many organizations over the years to promote gun safety, marksmanship, and other activities for youth that make them better and safer as adults.
We work with the nation’s oldest and longest-running NRA Youth Camp, held annually at Darnall’s in Bloomington, and the young people who are learning (and as they get older, teaching) the safe and accurate shooting of all types of firearms, under the supervision and instruction of experts in each field. The grandfather of the young lady pictured at the top of this post commented on our website:
“I was so pleased to see my grandkid’s target in the story, but even happier to see the smile on her face. GSL is doing great work for all of us in the shooting community. I look forward to seeing all of you next year.”
The Appleseed marksmanship and heritage clinics are another venue where children and adults can not only learn guns safety and marksmanship, and their heritage as Americans, but they can also learn to teach others these things as well. GSL promotes Appleseed not just with valuable promotion but by paying the range fees and providing the manpower to make things happen.
Cross Trail Outfitters has held two youth camps this summer, offering youth, many of which have no male role models in their lives, the opportunity to learn about hunting, shooting, and all things outdoors.
GSL regularly partners with other community organizations to promote education and instruction for youth. In recent months, we have provided funds to purchase shotguns for a Woodford County program, and bows for an archery program in a Champaign County school. Watch GunNews for more examples.
This could not happen without you, the readers of GunNews and members of Guns Save Life. If you’re a member, thank you! If you’re not a member, please become one, and you’ll be supporting not only this publication, but a host of opportunities to teach the next generation the truth about guns, and set them on the path to a lifetime of enjoyment.
(1) Source: U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, NCJ-143454, “Urban Delinquency and Substance Abuse,” August 1995.