A Boy’s Best Day With Daisy BB Guns
Last Friday, some members of the Collective Bias team had a meeting with the leadership of Daisy here in Rogers, Arkansas. I brought my 11-year-old son, Joel, along because we were going to get a chance to tour the factory and perhaps shoot some of the guns. He was thrilled!
I, on the other hand, experienced a somewhat heightened level of anxiety, if that’s what you can call it. As a Canadian, my exposure to guns has been very limited until moving to the U.S. 12 years ago. Hand guns are illegal there and they are not sold in any of the stores that I ever went into. Guns, to me, were something that police officers carried and rarely, if ever, used.
My son, however, has a fascination with airsoft and bebe guns. He knows a lot about them and has several Daisy BB guns, which are kept at his father’s house, and, until now, were not allowed at mine.
The reason I tell you all of this is because our day with the team at Daisy changed my perception of the sport. We were treated to proper instruction on how to shoot and handle the guns. Safety was a part of every part of our tour.
The president and CEO of Daisy, Ray Hobbs was a truly passionate leader and took a special interest in my son’s desire to learn, sample and even build his own gun. Ray arranged for Joel to have his very own, personally inscribed, Daisy Red Rider, which Joel, himself, assembled in the factory.
Daisy is going to great lengths to support clubs across America where young girls and boys can learn to respect and handle guns while participating in a sport that can become a personal passion. For more information about joining a youth shooting club, check out the Daisy website or go to the Youth Shooting Sports Alliance for more information.
As a mother, I am educating myself on the safety and proper handling of these low power bebe guns. It is my hope that with proper guidance, my son can fulfill his passion and grow into a responsible owner of more powerful guns as he matures. I feel that education for him and myself has been a critical element in becoming more comfortable. Since our day in the Daisy factory, Joel and I have spent several hours bonding while participating in target practice. We have had so much fun that I may even go to Walmart and buy one for myself.