conservative jack saidI am certain I am not the only RJ member with a son. To those of you with a son, do you want your son at age 17 to possess a .40 caliber handgun and you not be aware it is in his possession?
I suppose that is a silly question for many of you as you would not want your son at any age to possess a handgun. The question is however posed in light of the facts of the day.
Let me just say, as a single father (four boys), a life long gun owner (I got my first BB gun at 7 yrs old) and a lifetime member of the NRA, this has to be one of the most ridiculous of your posts (and there have been many). You aren't looking for honest, let alone informed discussion. You are, as you usually are, looking to inflame people and create a cluster fuck about a subject that neither you or they really know much about. You give no background and just throw out statements and then ask people to disagree with you in a most disagreeable way.
I'll play along. Hopefully someone will come away at least having seen a different point of view than the caricature you are trying to present of gun owners.
As a parent, I should know what my children are doing all of the time. If my underage son is sexually active I should know. If my underage son has any gun in his position, as a parent I should know. If I don't know what's going on with my children then I've failed somewhere along the line.
In my household, I make the rules and I have a right to know everything that is brought into my house as well as everything that goes on in my house.
Living on a working ranch, my sons see me use a rifle just about everyday. My children have grown up with guns and understand that they aren't toys, but an important tool. My sons aren't thought to fear and hate guns, but to respect and understand them.
My fifteen year old asked for a rifle for Christmas and received an AR-15 hunting rifle, my eight year graduated from a BB gun to a 22 rifle on his birthday and my seven year old got his first BB gun for his birthday. All of their guns are kept in a gun safe when not in use and all three of my children have had gun safety courses. My sons have never used their guns without me being there with them. My children have gown up around responsible gun owners and users and understand the responsibility of handling and owning a gun.
If your son owns any gun and feels he has to hide it from you, you have not taught him responsible gun ownership.
As a responsible gun owner, the answer to your question is no. There are no qualifiers. More importantly, if your 17 year old son owns a handgun he is breaking the law as well as is the person who gave him the gun. Federal law prohibits transfer of a handgun or ammunition for a handgun to anyone under 18. If your 17 year old son owns a handgun he should be reported as well as the person who transferred it to him.
Stop trying to paint all conservatives, and in this gun owners, as being as uneducated and uninformed as you obviously are because the vast majority of us are not. This kind of stupidity only inflames people who are little informed about the subject and can have real consequences for responsible gun owners.