I have been teaching my 10-year-old son about firearms and safe handling practices since the first of the year.
I have given him copies of the “Ten Commandments of Firearms Safety” and other information from various Web sites, including the National Rifle Association.
When we heard about Dick Cheney’s accident, I asked my son what he thought. His reply was, “Dad, you are responsible for the projectile from the time you pull the trigger until the final impact.”
I was proud that he was able to understand the safety implications of the vice president’s irresponsible firearm handling.
He then asked me what the “stamp” was that Cheney didn’t have. I told him that it was part of the hunting license and that the taking of game without a license was called poaching.
This was a great teaching moment for my son and me.
I also was able to teach him that a real man owns up to his mistakes immediately and doesn’t have to have someone hold his hand.