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  Learning to shoot's 'better' than virtual guns
Updated 04 February 2002, 07.25
Cadet learning to use a gun
Cadet learning to use a gun

Learning how to shoot a gun properly is better for you than playing violent computer games according to most adults, a new survey says.

The poll for the pro-foxhunting group, the Countryside Alliance, found almost eight in ten adults they asked thought children should learn about guns and how to handle them safely rather than pretending to shoot virtually.

Gun safety

The group say many children have traditionally been taught about guns on farms and in Army and sea cadets where they learn to use them legally, safely and responsibly.

But many see guns as a glamorous fashion accessory and symbol of power because they aren't taught about them.

And most of the 500 adults in the survey didn't know how important guns are to those living in the countryside.

"Learning about shooting encourages children to be safety conscious", according to Countryside Alliance national director Chris Jackson.

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