I've read more than a few documented cases of kids around 11 or younger, one I remember for sure was 7 years old, that have saved their own and family members lives by having access to a gun. So let's not go too far in dictating or mandating what others should do because everyone's situation is different. Everyone's kids are different. Most kids around here, boys and girls have been taught to shoot at fairly young ages. This gives the parent time to observe how safe the kid is with firearms. Consider folks in the country, far from LE, would you rather leave your child home alone with the combo to the safe or not? My answer is it depends and I don't want y'all making that call for me, alright?