Better have the defibrillator handy because you’ll need to be shocked, shocked I tell you, when you learn that — aside from a couple of negative quotes by Josh Sugarman — this is a very good article about kids and guns:

Throughout the region, junior shooting programs with names such as “The Projectiles” and “The Hot Shots” are generally open to children age 10 and up. The ranges are packed with boys and, increasingly, girls.

Shooting appeals to young people for unexpected reasons; the sport is unlike the standard competitive fare offered at most of their schools, they say, and measures their individual skill in ways that team play does not.

Many parents of young shooters like it, too. Not only do the demands of target practice improve their children’s focus, they say, but the programs demand a high level of personal responsibility. There are no-exceptions safety rules on the range. And youths are routinely asked at some clubs to bring in their report cards — good grades can be a condition of participation.

It’s a lengthy but worthy read and profiles several kids and their families involved in the shooting sports.