Should a child be shooting handguns? A North Carolina man is offering gun training classes for kids. He says it’s all about safety.
“There was no other class like this. So, I decided to come up with it,” said Michael Pegram, firearm trainer.
Aiden, 9, is a graduate from one of Michael Pegram’s gun safety classes near Mint Hill. Tailored to kids like him.
“It’s the parent’s choice of what their kids should be around. I’m just offering a class to let them learn to be safe if they’re going to be around them,” said Pegram.
The children spend four hours both in classroom time and shooting. Working from a nerf gun to a 22 or 9 millimeter. Some students are as young as 6 he says.
“A lot of times they’re not shooting 9 millimeter, but once in a blue moon, if they know what they’re doing and I know they can do it, we have done that,” said Pegram.
Pegram’s has had some social media feedback.
“There is an extreme on either side. People are extremely against it or they’re extremely for it,” Pegram explained.
We asked parents monday. Some sounded alarmed by the ages of the children.
“My daughter’s turning five, so I think of her as like a 6-year-old shooting a gun. It seems kind of crazy,” said Bryan Moore, father.
“It seems like a bad idea,” said Rebekah Biercz, mother.
They also were considering the benefits for older kids.
“If we’re going to have guns in this country. I feel like one of the things that we need is really strict training classes,” said Biercz.
“If we keep it away from the kids, they most likely will want to mess with and go find it,” said Young.
Aiden says he’s learned about safety.
“If you see a gun, tell your parents and never, never point a gun at people,” said Aiden.
Whic is what Pegram says it’s all about.Taking away the unknown for kids.
“They don’t have the knowledge to be safe when they do come across guns,” said Pegram.
Pegram says he didn’t think there would be any opposition to what he was doing. He says he was surprised by the negative comments on social media.