Take Your Daughter to the Range Day

Reported by: Alisha Searl
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Updated: 6/11/2012 9:56 am
Compete with pink nail polish, and pink ear muffs, little Hailey Lockridge is more than ready to shoot a rifle that is almost as tall as she is.

Hailey says, "I was excited because it was my first time."

But her dad says the only reason she has been given this privilege, along with her sister Belle, is because everyone has been trained on how to handle the gun first.

Hailey adds, "I didn't know you had to wear glasses."

Wally Lockridge says, "I think a lot of accidents would not happen if people had the knowledge of handling them safely."

Guns all too often are ending up in the hands of a child not properly taught about gun safety.

Like a car, if you do notknow how to operate them, there can be deadly consequences.

John Martin, Co-Owner of Shooter's Depot in Chattanooga, says, "My reaction was horror."

Yes, that was the reaction from the co-owner of Shooter's Depot, after he heard Cassie Culpepper, 11, was shot in the face by her 12-year-old brother.

Deputies say last week he took the gun, and put it to Cassie's head, just trying to scare her, but it went off.

Martin adds, "If those children had been at least admonished, and told to stay away from a firearm, that it is deadly, and can hurt you or someone else, then perhaps those children might not have been shot."

It is stories like those that make Martin endorse days like today, National Take Your Daughter to the Range Day.

Martin adds, "Education is paramount, you cannot recall a bullet."

No, once the bullet leaves the barrel there are no do-overs; bullets do not have eyes.

Belle adds, "You have to hold the gun the right way, and point it in the right direction."

Belle says her family has about half a dozen guns at home, but they are all locked up in a gun cabinet.

Wally adds, "If they're going to handling a gun, I'm going to be with them and it's going to be supervised."

His stern voice and message, these children say, ring through them like a shot gun blast, and they hope it will for others too.

Shooter's Depot had about 25 fathers and daughters come through their doors in just a couple of hours on Saturday.

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