Amsdorf, you did the right thing. And, this is nothing to be sad about!
I was that little boy once upon a time. Came from a family that wasn't exactly anti-gun, but mom and dad never had any guns. Well, my neighbor was an avid hunter and when he was cleaning his guns, or shooting moccasins down by the lake I was curious and he would show me his rifles - might have even let me handle one once.
Now, I am a gun owner, shooter, occasional hunter - not necessarily because of my neighbor (I was always interested in guns); but I still fondly remember my neighbor, Mr. Downing, who would take time to let me look at his guns and even take time out to show me a few things about archery.