Not only the individual child's level of understanding, but prevailing abilities by age. Kids cannot reason before a certain age; while rules can be rules, I'd rather my child be able to make more connections before being turned on to guns. Also, I have great hope that my enthusiasm for the sport does not drive my children away from it - many kids shy from the things their parents involved in; others emulate them. I plan to always keep an open dialogue about safety and firearms (my kids are both too young now for any realization of any of this), once my kids are involved with any kind of firearms. Wanna kill these ads? We can help!