Parents Bond With Their Children at Gun Event

By: David Coy Email
By: David Coy Email

SWOOPE -- Some Valley parents spending the ultimate family time with their kids, helping to teach them how to shoot a gun. It's part of the Shenandale Gun Club's annual event so kids can learn gun safety.

Families from the Valley came together to do something different.
They wanted to introduce their children to how to properly hunt and use rifles. Some parents believe, It's more than just using a weapon.

Justin Marshall has been going to the gun club event since he was a teenager.
He has been taking his son for the past four years because he wants to share similar experiences he once had.

"It's better he's not at home watching TV or playing video games. We're outside, we're getting cold, we're getting dirty. We are having a good time," said Marshall.

Some people may think giving children experience behind a gun can be dangerous. Marshall believes the gun club and the instructors know what they're doing.

"They do a really good job making a family friendly atmosphere here and they emphasize safety...gun safety, archery safety," said Marshall.

Parents don't just bring their kids to shoot guns or clay pigeons at the event. They wanted their children to enjoy the environment.

Todd Yoder is a father of five. He said spending time with them is important.

"I am an avid hunter. All my boys have gone hunting with me so, I do value this. I think it teaches these kids some good values," said Yoder.

After speaking to many parents, they all can agree on one thing.

"Coming to organized events like this is a good oppurtunity to get them out and get them exposed to shooting sports and the outdoors in general. And that feels really good," said Marshall.

The J.A.K.E event has been held for many years. Eveyone paid a ten dollar registration fee to join the program for a year.

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