My 11 year old daughter, Lira, is embracing her tween years even as I am holding tight to her childhood. This poses quite the dilemma as I am looking for cool Christmas presents for tweens that still remind me of the younger years. And then I remembered something from my own past.
Much too long ago, I stood on the back deck of our home with my Dad and little brother as we were given our first lesson on gun safety and how to use a Daisy BB Gun. After he went inside, I noticed small holes in the base of a tree and wondered if a BB gun would leave similar marks. So… I shot the tree. And the BB ricocheted off the tree and hit me on my leg. It was a sting I will never forget.
Considering a Daisy BB Gun for Lira seemed very appropriate for her age as long as she was adequately trained in gun safety and gun use. Thankfully, Daisy educates roughly one million of America’s youth a year through their Ten Lesson Shooting Curriculum about BB gun use and safety (found here).
When we visited Academy Sports to purchase Lira her Daisy BB Gun, we also bought a Red Ryder for my husband and I as well as safety glasses and Daisy BBs. We thought it would make for excellent family time if we had more than one BB gun.
Lira was super excited, but before she could hold the Daisy BB Gun, we wanted to walk her through the lessons on gun safety and use.
All of a sudden, her countenance changed. She seems to lose her confidence, and she no longer wanted to hold the gun.
While we persisted with the lesson, we did not force her to participate, but I think the fun was contagious because as she saw my husband and I enjoying ourselves, she became more involved little…
by little. And suddenly she was asking me for a turn.
As I reassured her that the gun was safe when used properly, I guided her back through the lessons we had discussed.
Never touch a gun without adult supervision.
Always know where your gun is pointing.
Never touch the trigger until you are ready to shoot.
Treat every gun as if it were loaded.
Know what is behind your target.
Soon, with gentle instruction and encouragement, Lira was aiming the Daisy BB Gun at the target and even shooting.
Her smile was contagious and as we emptied the ammunition from the guns and returned inside, she asked, “Can we shoot the BB guns again tomorrow?”
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