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Mom Says Hunting Teaches Children Respect For Guns And Animals

As more and more people are outraged by gun violence increasing in today's world, some gun enthusiasts are putting weapons in the hands of young children. One mother says that she takes her kids out hunting because it gets them off their cell phones. She argues that it's good for the kids.

A mother was slammed for teaching her kids to use guns at a young age, but she's lashing out at her critics. Heather Del Moral, a 34-year-old mother of three, regularly takes her children on hunting trips. The kids, ages 9, 12 and 14, are brought on excursions during which they shoot doves, ducks and deer.

Del Moral and her friend, 33-year-old Amanda Thomas, often go together with their kids into the wild to shoot up some game. The moms work for Oklahoma's wildlife department in the US, and they respect that some people are uncomfortable with the idea of hunting and respect that, but they don't believe it harms children.

"Some of my most memorable times with the kids are when we're out hunting together. They don't bring their phones, so we can properly talk, laugh and connect," said Del Moral. "I've had people tell me they can't believe I take my children hunting. I respect their opinion, but ask they respect mine too, and don't knock something they haven't tried."

Del Moral's husband, 35-year-old Juan, never took to the hobby, so it's become a way for mom and kids to bond. However, the father has no objections to it.

Heather believes hunting is educational and a great way to get kids to put down the electronic devices for a while. "Hunting gets children out there amongst nature, and teaches them respect for animals. They're fascinated by the biology of it all too. They help clean the animals, and I show them the heart and talk them through all the different chambers," she said.

"It also teaches patience, and that hard work pays off, because we don't always catch anything," adds Thomas. "We don't ever pressure the children to do anything they don't want to do. If they decide they'd rather not shoot a gun or something, we won't make them. We don't want them to be scared."

The ladies say they’ve both been criticized for putting guns in the hands of children, but they don't believe there is any reason to be concerned. The kids love to hunt, though they're not obsessed with it. Both moms try to give their kids a well-rounded extra-curricular activity life with many outdoor activities to help keep them fit and active.

"The kids also play lots of sports, so we go as much as our schedules allow. My husband Juan doesn't really get it. He'd rather be home watching sports," joked Del Moral.

She also notes that by killing animals, the kids develop a healthy respect for life. "When we do kill something, we don't just leave it there. We'll clean it and take it for meat so it isn't wasted," she added.

Source: Daily Mail
Photo: PA Real Life

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