Family 411: Spending family time at the shooting range
PATASKALA, Ohio —
Some families go to the bowling alley together for bonding time. But these days more moms and dads. are heading to the shooting range with their children.
Chris McGee and his wife Krista said they enjoy the competition and sport of shooting. They bring their daughters age 16 and 24 to the range for family time.
"Instead of playing tennis, we go to the gun range or we go shoot competitions," said Chris.
The McGees said there is no one better to take the responsibility of teaching gun safety to a child than their parents. Chris is a firearms instructor and said their is no specific age to allow kids on the range. it depends on their maturity and comprehension level. "It teaches them self confidence , teaches them skills, concentration," said Chris.
The McGees keep a watchful eye on range safety."Everybody being safe and the gun pointed where it supposed to when it is out of the carton or case or bag or box, that is probably one of the biggest safety worries that you have when you are at the range," said Chris.
The parents are also aware they are spending time with Samone and Mackenzie and making memories. "It's nice to come out and be able to do activities together, and it's also kind of relaxing , a relaxing bonding experience," said Chris.
The kids tell us the lessons learned are preparing them for whatever comes their way.
"With everything that is going on in the world right now you need to be comfortable,you need to be confident," said Samone.
Krista McGee said the family supports one another as they learn and improve. Krista said she wants to feel safe in her home.
"I don't want to just rely on my husband to protect us. Sometimes he is not there so I feel I can do that better now," said Krista.
"If anyone were to ever try to break in , we just feel comfortable that we can all protect ourselves. We don't want to be victims. I think the more you handle a gun the more you with it that can only help in any situation," said Krista.
At The Bullet Ranch shooting range, classes for young people are increasingly in demand. Manager Jerry Carver said ranges across the country are seeing an uptick in the number of customers who are bringing their families.
"Do I think the terror of today is increasing the knowledge that parents are installing in their children, yes I do," said Carver.
Mackenzie has been a cheerleader, she is on a swim team, but it is shooting competitively that may win her a college scholarship or will at least be a part of her adult future. The McGees acknowledge the sport may not be for everybody. "You might say you don't like guns, you don't like shooting but you never know until you actually go out and try it."
The National Shooting Sports Foundation said there are more than 1800 special programs for women and young people to safely learn to use guns.