Many wonderful suggestions and recommendations!
I am a NRA member so I’m aware of their programs.
For my own boys, I simply taught the same lessons that were passed down to me from my father.
I also was heavily involved in the Cub/Boy Scouts of America with my boys. They too do a great job in getting a youngster fired up about shooting guns.
Then when my boys were old enough and took an interest in hunting with me as teenagers, I signed them up for hunter safety course through our state DNR (Department of Nature Resources) . They had to achieve acquiring their hunting licence through lecture classes, written test and field test, which they did successfully.
I believe the DNR does an excellent job teaching gun safety & shooting rifles.
Now that my sons are older and in college, I’d like to see them get their CCW permits. As many of you know, most colleges today have a very liberal view towards guns and campus culture really doesn’t support gun ownership.
I’m very interested in counterring that effect, the indoctrination they receive at their schools today. I want to make sure their original enthusiasm remains intact.
Every hunting season, I try to take a new youngster out hunting with me and teach them about the sport along with weapon handling & safety. I take those that are less fortunate in life, for example, last season I took a young man out from Missouri that lost his father the year before. His dad was a policeman killed in the line of duty. I’m happy to report that he’s now a hunter for life because he successfully harvested his very first deer with me. I documented the entire hunt on a video camera so he can share it and relive it for the rest of his days.
I believe it’s crucial that we all do our part to educate the young and introduce guns early in their life’s for obvious reasons. I also suggest if you have the opportunity, teach someone that you have no relationship with and know, give it a shot and teach them something new in their life. As an American, I personally believe it’s one of the most important civic duty I can do in life.
Again, I appreciate all the input and I hope to see more examples, suggestions and recommendations. Hopefully others can learn something new from this thread.