As continue I work on my latest AR-15 rifle build, my kids like to watch. They sit on the stool next to me and ask what I’m doing. My son holds my screwdriver and offers me his plastic hammer to help with the lower. They watch diligently as I test the trigger and even said, “Wow!” seeing and hearing the telltale snap of the hammer slamming forward. They also help me keep my cool . . .
After scuffing the finish near the bolt catch while easing in the pin, I couldn’t cuss or yell the way I really wanted to. They were right there, watching. Instead, I meekly said, “Uh oh.” My daughter asked, ” Are you OK, mommy?” while my son jumped in, “I’ll help fix it, mommy!”
My son watched me paint the details on some of the engravings today. As I finished, he asked what part is next. I told him we are waiting for the stock and buffer tube to get here. He excidedly ran to the front door and flung it open, saying he’d watch for the truck to bring the “butter tube” for mommy’s gun.
A side benefit of the project is that it gives me an opportunity to teach them about guns. They get to see the work that goes into building something and experience doing it together.
A few have asked why I don’t wait until they’re in bed so they won’t be exposed to the “weapon of war” I’m constructing near my laptop and essential oil diffuser. My answer: “Because they see a gun on my hip all day. They know what guns are and they know basic safety because we talk about it and I’m always armed. Hiding what I’m doing will just result in more curiosity.”
And my rifle still has a long way to go. It’s as much a paperweight right now as it is a weapon of war.
I’m for anything that opens up a dialog with your children and provides another opportunity to have them ask questions and listen to your answers. The subject doesn’t really matter, but particularly if it’s gun-related. It gives me a chance to get to them before they’re exposed to media-generated anti-gun propaganda
The other day, I was working on my lower and talking to my daughter while “Sleeping Beauty” was on in the background. She said, “If Sleeping Beauty had a gun, she wouldn’t have had to prick her finger and die. She could have protected herself from Maleficent.”
It’s so easy, even a four-year-old gets it.