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
"Growing up as both a Southern and the son of a child of the '50s, I was imprinted with several things that have long stuck with me. The F-86 Saber Jet was the finest fighter ever flown, the National League is always superior, and Leslie Coffelt
was the finest revovler shooter since Mr. Ed."