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Does Teaching Kids to Shoot Guns Make Them Safer?

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Does Teaching Kids to Shoot Guns Make Them Safer?

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It was what many would call a very unusual playdate: A group of young girls, many of whom were still losing baby teeth, gathered at range outside of Austin, Texas, put on protective glasses and earmuffs, then were handed a gun to load and told to take aim and fire.

“When I shoot I think it’s so much more fun than playing with anything else that’s in my room,” said 7-year-old Vanessa Aguilar.

Vanessa and the other pint-sized shooters, who ranged in age from 6 to 11, were attending a Little Girls Youth Training program, a sort of gun school for kids. The training program, which was independently sponsored, is part of a growing trend of gun organization events promoting shooting sports for kids.

The gun industry is looking for young enthusiasts like Vanessa to ensure growth in the future.

The National Rifle Association and other gun industry-sponsored organizations pour tens of millions of dollars into youth shooting programs nationwide. Nearly four million youths attended a training program that followed the NRA’s guidelines in 2012, up two million from 2008, the NRA said.

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