In reading through this discussion, and the various reports of Rob's remarks, I'm struck by the fact that no one has really talked about the kid himself having access to the gun.
I know that from the time I turned 12 onward, I had access to my Mossberg 590 and my part in the event of any break in, was to collect my sister, and hole up in our shared bathroom and wait for either Pop or the police to come get us.
And part of that was because of exactly what Rob was talking about, my sister and I's bedrooms were on the opposite side of the house from the master bedroom.
I think the flak that Rob is getting over this is a fine example of the growing divide in America in those who take personal responsibility for themselves and thier family and those who expect someone else to manage everything.
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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."