This is largely due to the long casualty lists arising from the careless handling of weapons by children. In this age of progression parents have taken a more practical view of the matter, and in consequence regular instructors are employed to instruct boy and girls in their use. Ride ranges are now as popular as a place of rendezvous for young America as the dancing school used to be. One or two afternoons each week groups of little boys, some accompanied by some older person, gather on the range to indulge in target practice. First the child is given an unloaded rifle, fowling piece or pistol to handle and he is thoroughly instructed as to the manner in which it should be held, loaded, carried and unloaded and finally in discharging it.
The innovation, while popular, fails to appeal to the more careful parents, however, who still cling to the belief that a firearm of any description is out of place in a child's hands.