Parents Teach Children Gun Safety, Not Video Game Fantasy At Annual Va. Event

March 24, 2013 - 4:53 PM

On Saturday, parents brought their children to the Shenandale Gun Club in Swoope, Virginia to teach them gun safety.

Ninety-two children attended the annual "J.A.K.E.S." event, short for Juniors Acquiring Knowledge, Ethics and Sportsmanship, to learn how to properly use rifles, among other things.

"It's better he's not at home watching TV or playing video games. We're outside, we're getting cold, and we're getting dirty. We are having a good time," said father Justin Marshall, who has been bringing his son to the event for the last four years.

Parents say the event isn't just about learning gun safety.

Marshall told WSHV.com that it's about getting children out to enjoy the outdoors: "Coming to organized events like this is a good opportunity to get them out and get them exposed to shooting sports and the outdoors in general. And that feels really good."

J.A.K.E.S is a day long event that that features five stations where children learn about gun safety, how to hunt or trap game, and how to shoot shotguns, air rifles and bows.

"I don't go. I just cook what they bring home," says mother Mandy Clements whose six-year-old twin boys attended with their father for the first time.

The children also learned about the habitat and local game.

Instructor Scott Sayre asked a group of boys what colors they can find in the wild.

"What's red, white and blue?," he asked.  "A turkey," the children answered.

"That's right.  So what colors should you not wear then?"  "Red, white and blue," the children shouted.

Todd Yoder, an avid hunter and father of five says spending time with his children is important.

"All my boys have gone hunting with me so, I do value this," he says.  "I think it teaches these kids some good values."

The event is similar to others offered throughout the country.

"Right Views" previously reported on an event held by the Caddo Parish Sheriff's Department, at which children participated in "Kids First Gun Program." The program, a four hour course, taught young children how to safely operate firearms.

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