A lot of states in the U.S. happen to agree with me. http://www.the-deer-...tes-d-n-r-s/ I had found a nice little chart that listed all the states, but this link will take you to any states home page for hunting regulations. Being from Ohio, I know 16 year olds are allowed to hunt without direct adult supervision.
I agree with you that children can be taught to be responsible enough to handle firearms effectively. No disagreement there. My concern is that I don't consider children in general responsible enough to make the right decisions and to make the right choices all the time. Children (in general) are not fully developed and they do not have the life experience that adults do. That's why there is a mandatory age of 18 before children can make their own decisions without parental consent on many important issues. Children are also much more impressionable and subject to a lot of peer pressure while in school. To add to this, being a child in school can be quite turbulent, full of various emotions, some highs and some lows. Children don't always share these experiences with their parents either, so many parents may not even know that something is wrong at school. Furthermore, I also believe that society has been trying to shield children from failure, from trouble and from negativity to the point that children more and more are unable to deal with a negative event or situation. This is a recipe for disaster in my mind, and while I don't doubt that the majority of kids are stable enough to know not to grab a gun and shoot up a bunch of people, I feel that we should not make it possible for that small minority to do so by allowing them access to a firearm. I understand that 18 is not some magical number where a child all of a sudden becomes responsible and trust worthy, but a line has to be drawn somewhere.