Amen. Training a young person in marksmanship and gun safety gives them sense of achievement, autonomy, self-determination, and responsibility. It also lets them understand that a gun is a tool. A tool that when used properly can achieve great things and bring great enjoyment. When used improperly can be deadly for yourself and others. Frankly, it IS the ULTIMATE teaching implement.I'm with Hart. Take the mystery out of firearms, and they'll conduct themselves better around them. I started my granddaughter shooting when she was five. She's a fine twelve, almost thirteen year old shooter.