Does an 11 year old really need to be burdened with the thoughts of "when the boogey men come me and Old Blue will fight them off?" And if so, is it my job as a simple rifle instructor who interacts with them for, at most six hours over the course of a week to impart that on them?
It's the Rifle Merit Badge, not the Self Defense/Civil Rights Merit Badge.
I think I do far more for our cause by provididing a safe, fun learning enviroment where the kid can learn the safety basics, fling some lead down range, and go home with a patch. n
NRA Life Member
Big Sister: "You should be sponsored by Allen"
Me: "If you can't shoot good, at least look good walking to the firing line."
Big Sister: "Can you not afford a Pelican? Then buy an Allen gun bag."