Texas Gun Range To Host Children’s Birthday Parties

Gotta start ’em young. Via Yahoo! News:

A new gun range opening this summer in Lewisville, Texas, will have two rooms available for hosting children’s birthday parties. Owner David Prince tells WFAA that the Eagle Gun Range will be available for children as young as eight years old.

“The age limit is eight years old. You have to be tall enough to get above the shooting table,” Prince said. “They’re not gonna be left unattended. Parents are gonna be one-on-one, or if there’s not enough parents we’ll have range safety officers here to show them how to do it safely.”

13 Comments on "Texas Gun Range To Host Children’s Birthday Parties"

  1. A surprisingly good idea, especially considering it came from Texas.

  2. I was firing guns in the boy scouts by the age of 8. It was a .22 rifle, but it still took the mystique out of using a firearm which, like anything else, is a tool worth knowing how to use. 

    • lifobryan | Aug 13, 2012 at 6:23 pm |

      I grew up in rural Pennsylvania, and received several guns as birthday presents (including two 12 gauge shotguns) before I was 12.

      I shot a hole through the windshield of my father’s new car, the day he drove it home from the dealer.

      I got the sh** kicked out of me for that – but it served him right for giving a dumb kid all of those guns …..

    • How many Apps did you get with your “IGun” Bobby?

    • I still do a lot of .22 shooting.

      Who can afford to kill paper with 30-cal in this economy?

      • Calypso_1 | Aug 14, 2012 at 8:23 am |

        I enjoy .177 for tactical practice in the house. 
        Though the cat doesn’t like it . 

        • I bet the cat doesn’t like it at all. Those can be surprisingly loud.

          I’ve got one of those 1000 fps jobbies and it makes more noise than my .22 does, at least when shooting CB rounds.

          Good ideal on your part.  Knowing your lines of sight ahead of time is a huge advantage.

    • I still do a lot of .22 shooting.

      Who can afford to kill paper with 30-cal in this economy?

  3. Simiantongue | Aug 13, 2012 at 5:21 pm |

    We’ve had incidents with pin the tail on the donkey at birthday parties. Groups of children running amok at a shooting range, what could possibly go wrong?

    •  During your games of pin the tale on the Donkey how many kids had a parent directly supervising them? To me it sounds like a good way to introduce kids to guns and shooting in a responsible way.

      • Jin The Ninja | Aug 13, 2012 at 6:51 pm |

        i think the context is totally wrong. it should be a calm, controlled setting. a birthday party that is not.  not to mention, it may not be appropriate for every kid, for every family in attendance at the party.

      • Simiantongue | Aug 14, 2012 at 3:53 pm |

        Don’t be ridiculous. A kids party with just five or six, Tiamat forbid a dozen kids, is a barely controlled sugar meltdown at best. I couldn’t think of a worse situation to try and introduce some random element like firearms training. Very irresponsible.

        Something like that should be done in a proper setting. I know some gun enthusiasts realize that there is an advantage to start them while they’re young, like tobacco companies knew to target youths, then you’d likely have them for life. And what better place than a kids parties to do it right? Fill out the ranks and all that jazz, gun ownership being on the decline and all. I understand the pressure someone might feel to maybe compromise their priorities on what’s a proper and safe environment for gun training and what’s not. But as Jin said these things should be done in a calm, controlled setting. That is the responsible thing to do. I can’t think of a situation worse than a kids party to re-prioritize any rational sensibilities about gun training. It’s a formula for disaster.

        It just goes to show how some peoples priorities can be skewed. Ordinarily any responsible gun owner knows that instruction should be done in a calm and controlled setting where it can be properly supervised. It’s surprising Dave that you or anyone would suggest a kids party is such an environment. It’s not, and there is no defense for suggesting that it is. Once you’ve decided that a chaotic situation like a kids party is as appropriate as a calm and controlled environment to do something of this sort, you’ve put other priorities ahead of or at the very least on par with safer practices.

        Throw in some enthusiasm to make a buck or to spread an agenda about firearms, or both, and people can make really bad decisions like this. Then there is an incident and who is to blame really? Because accidents happen right? Well that’s bullshit. If I ever hear of an incident at one of these parties I’ll donate my time for free to represent the parents of the child in court to see that the owners pay for the decision of putting gun safety on par with any of their other priorities. If I couldn’t get a criminal negligence case brought against them Víðarr as my witness motherfuckers will pay through the nose. Which I realize is little consolation to parents of a child who is injured or dead. But it may serve as a warning to others not to make the same mistake.

  4. Anarchy Pony | Aug 13, 2012 at 11:42 pm |

    Please, I was shooting my “chipmunk” .22 back when I was 6.

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