In Texas, they say everything is bigger. But not only is everything bigger, Texas seems to be a state where everything goes. Eagle Gun Range in Lewisville, TX, (which will open this Summer) is contemplating hosting youth birthday parties for children at least 8 years of age or older. WTH?! Is it just me, or does this sound like a crazy idea? What ever happened to Six Flags, Chuck E Cheese (at 27, I still think their pizza is the best, lol), and bounce houses? I guess kids these days are too grown for that. I’m just saying….
David Prince, the owner of Eagle Gun Range, says that this idea would be for educational purposes only. Right….education or not, going to a gun range for a kid’s birthday party just doesn’t seem right. He says that this will provide education to shooters of all ages, since many people don’t know how to operate a gun. WTH?! True, many people in Texas do own guns anyway, but let’s be real…..how many 8 year olds own guns? Or better yet, how many 8 year olds need to know about them? Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with parents taking their kids hunting (which often requires some gun handling), but something about a bunch of screaming kids full of birthday cake and shooting guns is ludicrous to me (scratching head in disbelief). But, hey what do I know…I don’t even have any kids. But all the parents, raise your hands (not all at once) if you would rush your kids down for this on their next birthday party?
Well, maybe this will make it an easier pill to swallow for you…Apparently, the kids would be using either a BB Gun or a .22 rifle. Sounds safe enough right? After all some kids do go paint-balling, which does operate using a gun of sorts. Supposedly, no kids would be allowed to walk around with the guns during the party. They would have to be accompanied by an adult, get a chance to shoot the gun and then go back to the party (whatever that would be after the shots ring out). I say if they’re going to do it, go all out and just shoot each other with protective gear. It’s all in good fun right? Ok Mr. Prince, this may sound “childproof” but I still am scratching my head with plenty of questions. What about kids that may have anger issues that you don’t know about? Will you be held responsible for their actions with this BB gun? Hope that’s a clause in your contract or this idea may be shot down before the gun smoke clears the air. Also, are 8 years olds really able to leave this facility knowing that they just played with a BB gun and not a real one? This just sounds like pulling a trigger for disaster to me. And what happens when the kids say “Daddy, forget this BB gun, let’s go play with the real ones????” Right…. Daddy didn’t think about that did he? LOL.
It’s just my opinion, but I don’t see where this is anything but a controversial bad idea. The same people who think it’s a great idea are the same parents that end up being guests on shows like Sally Jesse Raphael (you know you remember those red rimmed glasses) under the header “My Kids Won’t Stop Beating Me”. WTH? What are your thoughts on it? Will gun (BB guns that is) toting rugrats just foster violent lifestyles later in life? Should this be geared more towards boys than girls? Pull the trigger and tell me your thoughts on it….